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Mike Smith
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Username: Mike214

Post Number: 27
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2004 - 07:16 am:   

I frequently visit Hidden Cove Park traveling by way of Hackberry Road. This road is in horrible condition, very dangerous and within the City of Frisco city limits. What are the city's plans, intentions, and time table for roadway improvements or resurfacing of this existing asphalt road? With spring and summer approaching, what is the city doing to pursue making this existing dangerous road easier to travel?
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Username: Gary

Post Number: 67
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 - 01:42 pm:   

Mike:

We have Hackberry Road scheduled for improvements during the Spring or Summer, 2004. If you have any questions, please contact me at 972-335-5520. Thanks.
 

Mike Smith
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Username: Mike214

Post Number: 28
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 03, 2004 - 04:20 pm:   

What will the improvements consist of?
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Username: Gary

Post Number: 68
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2004 - 09:45 am:   

Mike:

The specific type of improvements has not been determined yet. Usually, roads in this condition are improved with base reclamation followed by a hot mix asphalt mat. If you have any questions, please contact me at 972-335-5520.
 

Mark Varvil
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Username: Mvarvil

Post Number: 1
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Monday, February 16, 2004 - 09:02 am:   

Mr. Hartwell:

Why doesn't Hackberry Road hold up better than it does? It was resurfaced probably about three years ago, and it is once again a dangerous road to drive on.

Was or is the work being contracted out? Were shortcuts taken? Was the asphalt laid improperly?
 

Mark Varvil
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Username: Mvarvil

Post Number: 2
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Monday, February 16, 2004 - 08:56 am:   

Mr. Gary Harwell,

I was wondering if you, as Director of Public Works, have ever personally drove and inspected Hackberry Road? If not, I ask if you could?

My request would be for you to inspect the road conditions by driving the posted speed limit, and for you to attempt stay in your own lane.
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Username: Gary

Post Number: 70
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - 08:52 am:   

Mark:

I do not have any information on the original construction on the road. We have plans to make improvements this Summer that will include base work and a new driving surface. Repairing potholes is necessary for safety, but does not represent a permanent solution. If you have any questions, please contact me at 972-335-520.
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Username: Gary

Post Number: 71
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - 09:22 am:   

Mark:

I drove the road last week. We have crews scheduled to make pothole repairs today. Major asphalt resurfacing must occur during warmer weather. We will schedule the complete project when the weather is more suited to this type of work. If you have any questions, please contact me at 972-335-5520.
 

Mike Smith
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Username: Mike214

Post Number: 30
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 - 12:28 pm:   

Why is Hackberry Road not a concrete roadway? Why does the City not make this a priority due to the high number of people who go to the lake?

(Message edited by amyg on February 17, 2004)
 

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works
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Username: Gary

Post Number: 73
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 - 07:45 am:   

Mike:

I have no knowledge of the original construction decisions. Hackberry Road was probably constructed 30 or 40 years ago. Regarding reconstruction to concrete, please contact me at 972-335-5520.
 

Mike Smith
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Username: Mike214

Post Number: 32
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 - 07:39 am:   

So what are the rules for this question posting device?

(Message edited by admin on February 18, 2004)
 

Curt Balogh, Spec. Asst. to the City Mgr
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 7
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 - 06:26 pm:   

Mr. Smith,

Thank you for your question concerning rules for posting on this board. It is the express purpose of this board to provide citizens with an additional source of information regarding City services, policies, programs and developments in response to questions regarding same. If the questions are complex in nature or are actually declarative statements or opinions in the form of a question, we take several steps to ensure a response after editing to ensure the posted questions are clear and can be responded to succinctly. In these cases, we email or attempt to communicate with the citizen/poster and encourage a direct dialogue with the appropriate department so issues and concerns can be discussed in an effective manner.

All department head names and email addresses are available on the City's website and a call or visit to City Hall will enable a direct conversation if desired. The guidelines for the board are posted on the initial Q&A page and are as follows:

Welcome to the Frisco Question & Answer Board. All questions regarding City services, programs, policies, and development will be reviewed, posted, and responded to as quickly as possible by a City representative. Editorials and comments are always welcome, but will not be posted on the Frisco Question & Answer Board.

In the spirit of open government, please direct all suggestions, comments, criticisms, and kudos to the appropriate department or generally to Customer Comments. We appreciate your partnership in this innovative method of citizen communication, and look forward to continuing to provide you services that give you a gateway to government.


Please feel free to contact me directly if you'd like to discuss this further.

Regards,
Curt Balogh
(972) 335-5551 ext 108
cbalogh@friscotexas.gov
 

Mark Varvil
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Username: Mvarvil

Post Number: 3
Registered: 02-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 12:57 pm:   

Mr. Hartwell,

I too would like to hear your answer to Mike Smith's question concerning making Hackberry a concrete road instead of asphalt.

You asked him to contact you personally, but can you also post your response on this message board please? Thanks, Mark Varvil
 

Cissy Sylo, Director of Engineering Serv
Moderator
Username: C_sylo

Post Number: 21
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2004 - 11:34 am:   

Hackberry is not a current bond project. As the City continues to grow, I anticipate another bond election in which other roads such as Hackberry could be considered to be reconstructed to a concrete cross-section versus the current configuration. I do not have a time schedule of when a future bond election/program will be developed. I anticipate that the City will try and complete the majority of the current projects before attempting to develop a new bond program. In the meantime, I would encourage you to contact Mr. Gary Hartwell, Public Works Director for any maintenance concerns.
 

Mike Smith
New member
Username: Mike214

Post Number: 33
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 07:48 am:   

Why must this road be considered a bond project to be upgraded? Does the City not have regular (non-bond) budget money to spend for road improvements?

(Message edited by amyg on February 25, 2004)
 

Cissy Sylo, Director of Engineering Serv
Moderator
Username: C_sylo

Post Number: 23
Registered: 06-2003
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 11:02 am:   

The annual operating & maintenance of roadways is funded through the City's Annual Budget each year. This type of maintenance includes fixing pot holes, asphalt overlays, and general maintenance of the streets such as street sweeping, replacing pavement markings, etc. Capital improvements for roadways are funded through bond funds and are debt service. A capital improvement is typically considered if we improve roadways beyond current conditions that would require extensive funding beyond normal maintenance of the roadway. We are currently funding about $61M of roadway improvements through bond funds. No funding for capital improvements are included in the department's annual operating & maintenance budgets. Please contact me if you have other questions or concerns at 972.335.5580 x 107

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