Abilene marks Texas Avenue off list of roads to repair


ABILENE, Texas - The city of Abilene has worked on a handful of roads as part of the 2015 bond project, and Texas Avenue is the first road to be completed in 2017.

"Today we're celebrating one of the additional projects that was a part of the 2015 bond election and that was the reconstruction of Texas Avenue," said Mayor Norm Archibald.

For the last 12 years, Donald Jordan has driven on Texas Avenue and he appreciates that the road is no longer bumpy.

"If you got a good smooth road, it's good on your car and it's great," Jordan said. "I think they did a great job on Texas Avenue and I do appreciate it."

Jordan said he had noticed the road get destroyed by rain over the years.

"It had holes, it had dips in it. It was bad, it was really bad," Jordan said.

City of Abilene Director of Public Works Michael Rice said there's one thing about this project that makes it stand out.

"It's actually the first bond project where we have marked bicycle lanes specifically for bicycles," Rice said.

The bike lane was added because of a bicycle master plan that council adopted back in 2015.

There are a handful of roads that the city is still working on.

"In addition to Ambler [Avenue], we also have South 20 th [Street], North 3 rd [Street], and Hardwick [Road]. We have the [Central Business District] Hot Mix on the east side of downtown and we also have some of the streets in the soDA (South of Downtown Abilene) area as well that are all under contract," Rice said.

The roads being repaired as part of the 2015 bond program do not address the $377 million in street repairs that were deemed necessary by a consulting firm.