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'You have to go in a circle to get anywhere' : Southwest Blvd. construction project enters new phase

This intersection reconstruction should take approximately 12 weeks.
Credit: Kami Simmons

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Construction of the Southwest and Southland intersection will enter a new phase this week. 

The Southwest Boulevard project started back on April 5, 2021, and consists of crews digging up the street and laying new pavement. The intersection is being fully reconstructed. This means the pavement, base material, curbing, etc., will be removed and replaced. The old asphalt surface is being replaced with concrete pavement. 

City engineer, Mitchell Gatlin, said this water main and street project was necessary. 

"Significant pavement failure has been observed at the Southland/Southwest intersection due to traffic loading, base failure, etc. Due to significant traffic loading, as well as turning/braking movements, the concrete pavement was selected because it is more resistant to failure from these elements," Gatlin said in a written statement to FOX West Texas. 

For people living and working in the area, the construction project has added more time to their daily commute. 

 "You have to go in a circle to get anywhere or go out of your way," said Dawn Ruiz, who works at the Green Meadow Veterinary Hospital. 

"When you get off work, and you want to go to HEB. I go to this gas station here a lot. I have to go all the way around and do a big circle. Going home, I just have to go out this way and get on the loop. But now I have to go down to Green Meadow to College Hills and hopefully get out on College Hills," added Ruiz.

The construction project began with a contract duration of 913 consecutive calendar days. The entire intersection (four quadrants) will be fully reconstructed. 

The intersection reconstruction is anticipated to begin on Thursday, July 22, 2021, and should take approximately 12 weeks (three weeks per quadrant), if the weather cooperates. 

The cost for this reconstruction is incorporated in the Southwest Boulevard project total cost. This work is occurring in the Southland neighborhood. This intersection reconstruction is funded within the Southwest Boulevard CIP Project.