Group discusses Hull Street overpass repair

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

City officials discussed Wednesday funding the repair of the Hull Street overpass at the Public Works Committee meeting.

Public Works director Harry Wang said BNSF Railway officials complained of chunks of concrete from the structure falling onto the railroad.

“Structurally it’s fine,” Wang said. “The surface will cause them imminent danger.”

City manager Joe Thomas said the bridge was built in the late 1950s and has been through two maintenance rounds.

The estimated cost to repair the bridge is more than $700,000.

Thomas said repair costs would fall on the city.

The committee also discussed road work on Prince Street, between 21st Street and Llano Estacado, and Sycamore Street, between Mabry and 14th Street.

The city funds road paving projects through a cooperative with the state, in which the state provides 75 percent of the money and local governments pay the balance.

But this year, the state won’t have enough funds for projects the city wants, Wang said.

The paving of Sycamore Street will cost about $220,000 and the state has offered to pay 28 percent.

Paving for Prince street will cost $350,000, Wang said.

“And I don’t know how much, at this time, the state will give us,” he said.

Thomas said the city has earmarked about $600,000 for road-paving projects this fiscal year.

“What’s left may not be sufficient to pave all districts equally,” Wang said.

Thomas said the cost of paving projects have gone up because of the price of oil.

The committee agreed to table the Hull Street bridge issue and the road paving projects until it can find ways to fund from them.

“I think the first thing we have to do is get an overall package cost … including everything that has to be done,” Thomas said.

Committee members also approved the inclusion of the Ned Houk Dam in the creation of an operation and maintenance manual for city-owned dams at a cost of about $52,000.