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Upgrades coming to McCullough Avenue

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Sidewalks along McCullough Avenue will see improvements as part of an upcoming project designed to enhance function and aesthetics along Olmos Park’s business corridor. Courtesy photo/Google Street View

OLMOS PARK — When spring arrives, McCullough Avenue through the city will look a little different.

The town plans to begin 2021 by launching a roughly two-month project, resulting in more than $500,000 in sidewalk and landscaping improvements to the thoroughfare.

A Nov. 18 City Council session saw final approval of Economic Development Corp. betterment initiatives that leaders preliminarily OK’d two years ago.

It’s something many residents and merchants have sought as part of a long-range effort to enhance the main business corridor.

“It’ll look like a new street,” said Carl Bain, a principal at Bain Medina Bain Inc., a local firm handling civil engineering on the project.

The council’s action authorizes the EDC to spend $506,510 on new curbs, sidewalk repairs, landscaping, driveways and lighting on McCullough from the railroad tracks — Olmos Park’s northern city limits — to Clarence Street.

Council also opted to act on recommendations from the civil engineers to add alternate bids to the overall project.

One of those consists of enhancing bicycle-lane markings, re-striping, and the installation of raised pavement buttons on McCullough from Clarence to Ridgewood Court. There will be some other surface upgrades on McCullough, too.

Another includes crack filling, resurfacing and re-striping around the Cowboy Kennels parking lot.

This measure involves increasing safety at the pet-boarding facility by adding slanted parking spaces, so visitors don’t have to back onto the road at an uncomfortable angle.

The city has $50,000 in reserve for the project, which will be used only if needed. Local firms Bender Wells Clark Design and HM3 Engineering Consultants also have been connected to the project.

E-Z Bel Construction will carry out the work.

Members of the council and EDC said beautifying and repairing McCullough will help businesses boost commerce, while providing the community with a long-term vision of what the street could look like with more aesthetic and functional advancements.

Councilwoman Sharon Plant said the passage of specific ordinances over the last few years have helped position the city to increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists along the avenue.

Answering a question by Councilwoman Deanna Rickabaugh, Bain said it would be wise to notify residents about the upcoming roadwork.

“This will, to some extent, impact the houses that empty out onto McCullough,” Mayor Ronald Hornberger said.

Councilwoman Juliana Dusek said the project is long overdue.

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