City engineer presents priority road projects

CNJ staff

The city’s public works committee met Wednesday and City Engineer Justin Howalt presented a list of roadway projects he felt were necessary.

“When there are funding opportunities,” Howalt said, “I can (reference the list and) say, ‘This is the road project I want to go after.’”

Howalt’s list included 14 suggestions, and he left the second half of the list blank for suggestions. He received three — two from District 1 Commissioner Randy Crowder, who stressed that Mabry Drive has to be the top priority.

Committee members agreed to rank the projects, and Howalt would create the priority list based on the compilation of scores.

District 2 Commissioner Len Vohs, who chairs the committee, said the city’s goal should be to focus on one project a year, instead of chasing numerous projects every year and only getting partial funding for each.

“I don’t see any roads I’d throw out,” Vohs said while looking through the list. “It’s going to be hard to prioritize for me.”

Projects, listed in no particular order, included:

• 21st Street, from Prince Street to Norris Street

• 21st Street, from Wheaton Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard

• Wheaton Street from 60/84 to 21st

• Llano Estacado Boulevard, from Prince Street to Norris Street

• Martin Luther King Boulevard, from 21st Street to Llano Estacado Boulevard

• Martin Luther King Boulevard, from Grand Avenue to 21st Street

• Norris Street, from Llano Estacado Boulevard to Wilhite Road

• Norris Street, from 21st Street to Llano Estacado Boulevard