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New streets ‘fill in the blanks’

Work smooths out longtime ‘gaps’ in town

You’ve got to be going to Ortega Street to get there. The street, part of the 1950s Alcoa-boom construction links the western ends of Alcoa and Highland. It’s never been hard-topped until this summer. Reporter/Mike Brown You’ve got to be going to Ortega Street to get there. The street, part of the 1950s Alcoa-boom construction links the western ends of Alcoa and Highland. It’s never been hard-topped until this summer. Reporter/Mike Brown It was “catch up” summer for Rockdale streets.

A paving/street reconstruction project covering areas all over Rockdale didn’t target long, new thoroughfares but “filled in the blanks” of areas which had been missed as the town grew in past decades.

More than 20 streets received either asphalt or emulsion/ rock topping, according to City Manager Kelvin Knauf.

Veterans Memorial Park got a new, paved parking lot on the Brazos Street side.

Here’s a list of most of the streets included in the project:

• Coffield, Alcoa to Highland.

• Ortega, Alcoa to Highland.

• Crockett, Belton to Cameron.

First Presbyterian Church has never had a paved road to its sancutary door since moving into this building in 1954. That’s been rectified with the paving of Coffield Street. First Presbyterian Church has never had a paved road to its sancutary door since moving into this building in 1954. That’s been rectified with the paving of Coffield Street. • Douthit, Cameron to dead end.

• Sanford, Cameron to dead end.

• Pine, White to Roberts.

• Burleson, San Andres to dead end.

• North, Wilcox to Travis. • Hairston, Walnut to Pine. • Bonham, Milam to Cameron.

• Hillyer, Wilcox to Cameron.

• Shelton, Copeland to Williams.

• Williams, Miller to Copeland.

• Houston, Cameron to Milam.

• Allday, Cameron to city limits.

• Milam, Pear to Houston.

• Pine, Mill to White.

• Milam, San Gabriel to Bonham.

• Spruce, Offield to White. • Riley, Pear to Peach.

Lots of paving south of the railroad tracks, too. At left, Riley Street has a new hard-top suface as does White (above) with Rockdale Head Start building in background. Lots of paving south of the railroad tracks, too. At left, Riley Street has a new hard-top suface as does White (above) with Rockdale Head Start building in background.


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