With the safety of his constituents in mind, Parker County Precinct 3 Commissioner Larry Walden led the Parker County Commissioner’s Court to fund the reconstruction of a portion of Old Brock Road at its Jan. 12 meeting.
The section of the roadway from Dennis Road to the landfill owned by Progressive Waste Solutions is one of the precincts most highly traveled truck routes.
Walden said the work that will be done with Parker County Transportation Bond funds will significantly improve safe mobility.
"We are going to grind up the existing pavement and sub-structure, stabilize it with cement and add an additional 8 inches of flex base before chip sealing it and paving with hot mix," he said. "Just as important, we are going to widen the road to a minimum of 26 feet and widen the intersection with Old Dennis Road to a minimum of 33 feet and add a right turn lane."
Currently, the road is approximately 22 feet wide.
In a move that will save taxpayers over $50,000 in construction costs, Walden is having his precinct road crew remove the existing narrow bridge on that section of Old Brock Road, replacing it with a wider drainage structure.
The bridge work will take approximately two to four weeks. Oldcastle Pavement Solution, which was awarded the bid for the project in the amount of $956,781, expects to begin work on the project in the next month.
Parker County’s Transportation Bond Program engineer Freese and Nichols said the work is expected to be complete within four months from the start date.
"It looks like the contractor will start the project in mid-February," said Chris Bosco, Freese and Nichols Engineer. "That schedule works perfect in allowing Commissioner Walden’s crew time to do the bridge work, generating a substantial cost savings."
Walden said he expects a few days of road closures during the drainage work, as well as detours at various times during construction. He will have message boards notifying residents of the closures or detours.
He added that the facelift to Precinct 3 roads will not end with Old Brock Road and he is committed to improving the safety of county roads in his precinct.
"I want the residents of Precinct 3 to know that there are many projects within the precinct that need attention," he said. "We are prioritizing each of them with traffic safety as our main criteria."