On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, City Council awarded two construction contracts for improvements to Eddy Hirby Beard Park and Sgt. Jesus Roberto Vasquez USMC Park as well as paved the way for 22 streets to receive ‘traffic calming devices.’
Black Stallion Contractors, Inc. was awarded a construction contract with an approximate value of $307,500 in order to perform improvements to Eddy Hirby Beard Park located at 4701 Ramon Vega Lane.
In addition to this contract, Black Stallion Contractors also received a construction contract valued at approximately $341,000 for enhancements to be made Sgt. Jesus Roberto Vasquez USMC Park located at 12930 GR Campuzano Drive.
These Community Development Block Grant “CDBG” funded projects will help beautify these existing parks located in Far East El Paso with new services and amenities which include:
LED lighting, the construction of a rock-wall enclosure which will surround the existing playground equipment, the installation of a wood fiber chip surface for the playground to protect children during slips and falls, picnic units, park benches, a bicycle rack, trash receptacles, and landscaping and trees with their own irrigation system.
In addition to the services and amenities that both parks are receiving, Eddy Hirby Beard Park will be receiving an ADA accessible walking path, while Sgt. Jesus Roberto Vasquez USMC Park will be receiving a new canopy over the existing playground in order to protect children from the high temperatures of El Paso’s summer sun, as well as doggie stations.
The total budget for the design and construction of improvements to Eddy Hirby Beard Park is approximately $569,000, and Sgt. Jesus Roberto Vasquez USMC Park has an approximate budget $626,500.
Both Parks are scheduled for completion in late Spring of 2017, and are part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance the quality of life for business, residents and visitors alike.
Also on Tuesday, Council announced that the streets eligible for traffic calming improvements under the City of El Paso’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) will receive speed cushions as a temporary remedy to slow or reduce traffic in residential areas until funding becomes available for more permanent solutions.
Council’s action will allow the city’s Streets and Maintenance Department to fund approximately $331,000 in speed cushions for 22 streets that have qualified for the program but have not yet received funding for permanent traffic calming measures.
The change will allow the City to address the needs of those applicants who have qualified for the program but have been waiting in some cases since as far back as 2008 and 2009 for resources to be dedicated to their streets.
The vote taken by council gives the city staff the authority to find a funding source for the speed cushions for these 22 streets. With the same vote, council asked city staff to develop an administrative process and funding source to immediately address traffic concerns for any additional street that qualifies for traffic calming under the NTMP.
The NTMP was adopted by City Council in 2008 to address community concerns over traffic intrusions in residential neighborhoods by recommending and developing appropriate traffic calming solutions, such as curb extensions, traffic circles, speed cushions or medians, to improve safety for all roadway users.
The program is funded by the city’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget.
The process is initiated by residents or neighborhood associations. Street applications are evaluated and as funding becomes available traffic calming designs are developed and implemented for streets that meet the program’s criteria.
The number of traffic calming projects implemented annually is based on available funds. Priority is given to streets with the most need.
A total of 100 applications submitted to the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program have qualified for physical traffic calming improvements. A total of 67 projects have been completed and funding is projected to complete 11 more.
A total of 22 streets currently have no funding dedicated for permanent traffic calming measures.
To learn more about the NTMP, click HERE.