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Editor, the Advocate:

I would actually like to know why the city of Victoria hasn’t fixed one dang road in this town! What am I paying taxes for? I pay my taxes every year along with all the other Victoria citizens, but why? Doesn’t our taxes include our roads? Is the city gonna buy me my new tires when I need them because of our screwed up roads? You can’t drive anywhere on any road that isn’t messed up. I was born and raised here, and this is only one of the things I hate about our city.

Among this and other things, I’ve never been so ashamed of my hometown. Taxes are paid for our city, and we’re paying for nothing! It’s ridiculous. Fix the darn roads, please!

Jamie Gilbert, Victoria

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OC Garza

Here is a list (not comprehensive either) that details a lot of the street and utility work done in the past 10 years or so:


Street or Subdivision Year Square Project

Description Accepted Yardage Cost

2009-10 Rehab/Overlay Dec-11 22,000 $ 828,000

Anaqua, Industrial, Circle..

Downtown ADA/Overlay Project Ph I Apr-12 26,000 $ 1,130,456

2011-12 Rehab and Overlay Project Jan-13 40,750 $ 2,727,594

Greeenbriar Addn Ph I

Red River - Vine to McCright Dec-13 15,200 $ 1,458,176

Riverside Park Seal Coat

2012-13 Rehab and Overlay Project Sep-13 24,000 $ 1,734,935

Greeenbriar Addn Ph II

2012-13 Rehab and Overlay Project Dec-13 22,100 $ 935,798

Dudley, Rendon, Sanchez, Delmar,

Delmar - North to Juan Linn

Diary Road Improvements Dec-14 4,800 $ 751,440

2013-14 Seal Coat Project Jan-15 134,000 $ 980,891

Wood Way and Bridle Ridge

2013-14 Rehab and Overlay Feb-15 35,000 $ 2,511,190

Boulevard Addn, Hanselman,

North - Ben Wilson to Anthony

Downtown ADA/Overlay Project Ph II Mar-16 22,000 $ 1,137,778

Billy/Marilyn Street and Drainage Apr-15 2,800 $ 697,234

2013-14 Rehab and Overlay Project

Coleman/Sunrise Sub, Harvey and Raab Oct-15 27,000 $ 1,632,482

North Heights Rehab and Overlay Ph I Dec-16 14,500 $ 1,287,321

Sabine St

2015-16 Seal Coat Project Dec-16 200,000 $ 736,641

Mayfair and Mayfair Terrace

Leary Lane and Springwood Jul-14 26,800 $ 1,274,646

Rehab and Overlay

2014-15 Rehab and Overlay Project Nov-16 127,500 $ 5,257,991

Castle Hill Sub and Anthony Road

2014-15 Reclaim and Seal Project Dec-16 136,300 $ 1,853,356

Meadowcreek, Hamlet, Eagle Creek,

F.B. Lowery

2015-16 Rehab and Overlay Project May-17 68,600 $ 3,547,095

Hanselman, Lone Tree, Sparkman,

Holt, Hartman, North, Anthony,

Bottom, Children's Park

Noth Heights Rehab and Overlay Ph II Jul-17 18,000 $ 1,288,587

Trinity St

2016-17 Reclaim/ Seal Project May-18 170,000 $ 1,077,114

Colony Creek Outliers, Wayside Terrace,

Putney Moore, Old Victoria South

Red River Street and Utility Project Jul-18 14,600 $ 1,577,103

Laurent to Ben Jordan

Oliver Welder Sub Reconstruction Sep-18 14,000 $ 1,173,760

DeLeon, Stayton, Wheeler and Oak

North Heights Rehab and Overlay Ph III Sep-18 18,000 $ 1,395,940

Brazos St

Nursery Drive Rehab and Overlay Oct-18 10,500 $ 437,987

Zac Lentz to Lake Forest

2017-18 Reclaim Seal Project Sep-18 370,000 $ 1,575,686

Country Club, Country Club Village,

Benchmark, Tropical Acres,

Northcrest Highland South,

Downtown Area, Shannendoah,

Sam Houston Heights

2018-19 Seal Coat Project Aug-19 205,000 $ 1,735,288

Northcrest, Lago Vista and Primrose

Red River - Main to Vine Sep-10 4,950 799,430

Laurent Reconstruction Ph I Apr-10 35,000 $ 9,690,579

Bus 59 to Airline

Laurent Reconstruction Ph II Jun-12 40,900 $ 6,281,829

Airline to Sam Houston

Sam Houston Dr Reconstruction Apr-13 62,000 $ 18,148,469

Bus 59 to Laurent

Lone Tree Industrial Park Ph II Oct-14 10,200 $ 1,626,585

Wayne Watkins Drive

John Stockbauer Reconstruction Oct-14 52,000 $ 7,064,861

US 59 to Bus 59

Ball Airport Extension May-16 10,635 $ 2,507,878

Highland Hills to Tuscany Sub

$ 86,864,120

OC Garza

Sorry but the formatting was lost when I posted this reply. The projects listed total more than $86 Million in projects done in the past ten years or so.

OC Garza

Thanks Victoria Advocate for correcting the format on the post!

Glenn Wilson

Mr. Garza -- Thanx for the informative synopsis. It illustrates how the city is actually doing something, however slowly it may be progressing. It was amazing to me how dramatically the North Heights Rehab and Overlay projects transformed the overall appearance of the neighborhood. Imagine the whole city like that. At the present pace it won't take more than several decades to achieve.

Glenn Wilson

I've just returned from a road trip to Lubbock and Levelland. While there and travelling I took the opportunity to pay particular attention to street conditions in residential and business districts. Nowhere did I find anything remotely like the scabby, lunar surface road conditions here in Victoria, and that includes even the small towns along highways 137 and 87. Victoria is supposedly the oldest incorporated city in Texas. True or not it obviously enjoys looking like it.

Brian Vandale

The city is building roads we don't need at this time. It's always the same excuse, no money. Just like after Harvey, the water plant needed valves repaired. Instead of spending if I remember correct about $40,000. to fix them, they spent $47,500. for a survey on if they are charging enough for water.

Ron Sandidge

One of the first things government is responsible for is... infrastructure. A mayor and such are lazy when they say... well it was like this when I came in... . WELL FIX IT!

Brian Vandale

I agree Ron

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