City continues major roadway improvement plans

As the new Fiscal Year starts for the City of Victoria, motorists will see nearly $12.5 million in additional roadwork the city is using to improve Victoria streets.

While major reconstruction projects already are underway on Crestwood and Red River, as well as a major utility replacement project on Navarro, new projects will begin during the next several months to reconstruct Vine Street between Mockingbird and Red River Streets, and San Antonio Street between Navarro and Laurent Streets. In addition, the City of Victoria will perform maintenance activities on residential streets in several neighborhoods that will help to provide ongoing support to those streets’ life span.

City of Victoria Public Works Director Donald Reese said the major construction projects continue the aggressive work that began almost a decade ago when the City made a commitment to work to reconstruct some streets and perform major projects to extend the life of other streets.

“We have budget limitations on what we can accomplish each year, but over the past ten years, we’ve invested almost $87 million in major street construction projects as we work to maintain and improve the almost 324 miles of city street surfaces,” Reese said. “We are very pleased that residents will see even more progress in improving streets conditions in our community.”

“The quality of our streets is a priority for the City of Victoria,” City Manager Jesús Garza said. “Streets are an investment that represents more than experiencing a smooth ride. Street quality is a matter of appearance and safety, an economic development tool, and a reflection of the pride that we have in our community. We are grateful to the Council for its continued commitment to investing in improving our city’s infrastructure.”

The work already underway on Crestwood between Ben Jordan and Laurent Streets will extend to Navarro and Main Streets during the next two years with allocated funding of more than $7 million.

Red River reconstruction began in mid-October between Laurent and Navarro Streets. Included in the $3.29 million project is work that will extend to Main Street in the coming year.

In the downtown area, residents will see the reconstruction of North Street between the railroad tracks east toward Navarro along with more overlay work to create a smoother driving surface. Pedestrians will see the installation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps on sidewalks along more streets.

A $1.4 million project will allow for the reconstruction of parts of Vine Street between Mockingbird and Red River.

The multi-year project in the North Heights neighborhood moves closer to completion with utility replacement projects followed by street reconstruction continuing. Reese estimated the streets in the entire area bounded by Rio Grande, Navarro, Red River and Laurent will be completely rebuilt in the next two years. Portions of Bridle Ridge and Woodway will see new street surfaces as well. The work in those areas is part of the $4.46 million residential street program.

Reese noted that the City will continue to work to extend the life of streets with an extensive seal coat maintenance program in the Cherokee Hills/Hillcrest, Fleetwood, Parkstone, Oak Haven, The Meadows and Regency Subdivisions. The budget for those projects is $1.3 million.

In addition to the overlay program, the budget allocates $200,000 this year for a crack seal project that Reese said is aimed at reducing water getting under the road surface and causing potholes and larger pavement failures. This activity is designed to extend the life of the roadway and save money in the long-run.

For areas that are not on the list for total reconstruction, the City is continuing to invest in addressing pavement failures and potholes. Included in funding this year is an additional crew and equipment to work on potholes and smaller street repair projects. The City already has two crews dedicated to that work. Reese predicts the additional crew will make for faster response times to pothole reports and to continue the scheduled repair work across the City.

The City has also allocated an additional $200,000 in this year’s budget that will be used to hire a contractor to address medium sized road failures that City crews are not equipped to tackle in a timely and efficient manner.

“As these street improvement projects continue, we urge motorists to use extra caution in the work zones and allow for additional travel time,” Reese said.

Residents can check for roadwork updates on its Facebook page and the City of Victoria’s website at More information about reconstruction projects also is available by contacting the City of Victoria Engineering Department at 361-485-3340 or Public Works at 361-485-3381.

The information in this article was sent in a press release from the City of Victoria.