HARKER HEIGHTS — Eagle Ridge resident Herbert Gately is glad the city of Harker Heights is finally getting around to fixing Comanche Gap Road, where he has lived since 2006.
Although work on that road won’t begin for months, Harker Heights City Council members heard a presentation on the specs of both the Comanche Gap and Pecan Drive improvements projects from Public Works Director Mark Hyde on Tuesday.
“It’s probably one of the more traveled roads in the city and it’s in the worst condition, especially for how many people live over here,” he said.
The scope of the estimated $2.7 million Comanche Gap project involves reconstructing 1.5 miles of the road from Farm-to-Market 2410 to the Dana Peak Park boundary, widening the existing road from 24 feet to 28 feet and installing either an 8-foot or a 10-foot hiking and biking trail, depending on the dollar amounts of the bids.
Patty Brunson, assistant city manager, said the city’s goal is to put in the latter length for added patron safety.
Work on Pecan Drive, which is estimated to cost just more than $500,000, entails reconstructing 1,385 feet of road from Veterans Memorial Boulevard to the city’s wastewater treatment plant, widening the road from 27 feet to 28 feet and replacing the subgrade from Veterans to Turnbo Road.
The city first addressed the deteriorating road conditions along Comanche Gap in 2010 with a $110,000 “Band-Aid” repair, as a temporary fix until the city could come up with a plan and funds to fully repair the street.
The street is an old county road that became the city’s responsibility some years ago when it annexed the area along Comanche Gap Road. At the time it was constructed, it was likely not built to the city’s standards.
Since then, there has been the development of The Ridge subdivision, which is still under construction and has brought several trucks onto the street.
Since the street was not designed for the weight of the construction trucks that traverse it daily, the trucks are a major contributor to the roads deterioration over time.
Hyde said both projects are still in the early stages and require more engineering and a design scheme before the bidding processes can begin.
The projects are being funded by a $9 million bond issuance for more than a dozen capital improvement projects, mostly for water and wastewater infrastructure.