City expediting street resurfacing project with new 2-year bid

Some of El Paso's busiest streets are due for a makeover, and the City Council is hoping that work can be done faster.

The City Council work session approved a reallocation of funds to help complete a street resurfacing project that has been in the works since 2012.

Some of the roads, including George Dieter, Yarborough and Resler, are major thoroughfares

“I think the road quality is really bad because even if you're driving you can hear thumping,” Roger Milam said.

Milam lives just off George Dieter Drive, where the patchwork pavement and potholes are taking a toll.

“You can't even see them, and when you go over them, well, that affects your vehicle and we all need wheel alignments,” Milam said.

The city's Streets and Maintenance Department is tackling major roads across the city.

“We took a look at the top 25 busiest city streets. We looked at their pavement conditions and chose candidates that are most desperate for repavement right now,” Richard Bristol, the interim director of the Streets and Maintenance Department, said.

He said the department is not going to worry about the cost of the project.

“The goal here is to get the best candidate that can pull off a significantly large resurfacing project over a very brief time,” Bristol said.

Diana Lusk, owner of Diana Hair Care, said, her business could use the fix.

“If the road were to be cleared, of course, it would be much better. The shopping center has two entrances instead of one,” Lusk said.

That's what Bristol said the department is aiming to do.

“We want to go where people are traveling the most to make sure we're focusing our work on the streets that are getting the most drivers,” he said.

Even if the work causes temporary road closures, Milam said he's happy it's being done.

“I think the most important thing is that they're going to work on it,” Milam said.

Bristol said the department is trying to make sure the upcoming work doesn't create more delays for drivers already stuck in other major city projects.

"What we want to do is not be working in a close proximity of where the GO10 projects are right now. For example, we will very likely start on the far east east side, or the northeast, as opposed to working on the west side,” Bristol said.

“We will probably work our way over to the west side when those projects are done.”

The city expects to start work as early as April and finish within two years.

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