Joshua will soon make some improvements to some of its streets.
Joshua residents approved a $3.9 million bond with 274 votes for and 194 against on Tuesday.
The bond is $3,905,000 and is for public improvements for “designing, acquiring, constructing, renovating, improving, upgrading, updating and equipping city street, curb, gutter and sidewalk improvements; demolition, repair or rebuilding of existing streets; and completing necessary or incidental utility relocation and drainage in connection with the foregoing and the purchase of land, easements, right-of-way or other real property interests necessary,” according to the Joshua City Council’s August meeting packet.
Joshua City Manager Josh Jones said the next step for the street repair is the planning stage.
“We’ll sit down as a staff and map out the timeline for each improvement, which will include getting updated cost estimates, engineering, the competitive bidding process, etc,” Jones said. “For the piece of equipment we included in the bond proposal, we’ll be able to acquire that much sooner, which will provide a much needed asset to address some current street maintenance issues as soon as we get it in.”
They’re not sure on the project timeline, he said, but all the projects have been included in the city’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan since they adopted the first plan in early 2018.
“With approval of the bond, we can now actually map out when we plan on tackling each project,” he said. “There’s quite a bit of front-end work that goes into projects like these before you see ‘dirt turning,’ so I’m speculating at this point but I think a conservative estimate is two to three years for 100 percent completion, although it could be sooner.”
The city proposed to make improvements to the following city streets:
• 100-200 and 300-400 blocks of Caddo Street.
• 500-600 block of East Fourth Street.
• McMillian Street from Texas 174 to Bentley Drive.
• 500-600 and 800-1500 blocks of North Main Street.
• 100-200 block of Thomas Street.
• 100 block of Woodoak Drive.
The bond also calls for the purchase an asphalt paver to be used for the maintenance and repair of the city streets.
For more information, visit www.cityofjoshuatx.us.