Society

Smooth riding in Rockdale ‘corners’

2011 paving project fills in ‘blanks’


Metcalf Street resident L. C. Richards has been waiting decades for this day, appeared before city council earlier this spring. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Metcalf Street resident L. C. Richards has been waiting decades for this day, appeared before city council earlier this spring. Reporter/Mike Brown Melcalf Street L. C. Richards was all smiles last weekend.

The longtime resident of that northeast Rockdale street had been waiting decades for a smooth driving surface and now he’s got it.

“They missed us back there in the 70s when they paved the streets in this part of town,” he said.

Richards even brought up the matter before the city council earlier this year.

And he got good news. Metcalf was on the list of streets targeted for paving in summer, 2011.

But not the only one.

Portions of nine streets were paved Wednesday and Thursday by Ramming Paving Co., contractors for this year’s paving project, funded through part of an annual city paving project.

As in recent years, paving targeted never-before hardtopped street sections in the “corners” of Rockdale.


Mulberry Street curves around southeast corner of town’s old City Cemetery. It had never been paved until last week’s project. Mulberry Street curves around southeast corner of town’s old City Cemetery. It had never been paved until last week’s project. City Manager Kelvin Knauf listed newly-paved blocks as:

• Coulter, Murray to Hillyer.

• Darrell, Hillyer to end.

• Metcalf, Baxter to end.

• Miller, Highland to end.

• White, Oak to Mulberry.

• Green, Hamilton to Laura.

• Broadnax, Williams to end.

• Stokes, Williams to end.

• Mulberry, First to Second.




Dump trucks full of toppings were welcome sites in many areas of town last week as 2011 paving project unreeled. (Above), Green Street was one of Rockdale’s first to be paved in late 1920s but the final block, Hamilton to Laura, wasn’t hardtopped until Thursday. Dump trucks full of toppings were welcome sites in many areas of town last week as 2011 paving project unreeled. (Above), Green Street was one of Rockdale’s first to be paved in late 1920s but the final block, Hamilton to Laura, wasn’t hardtopped until Thursday.

Click here for digital edition
2011-07-14 digital edition



The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


Special Sections


Special Sections
Archive