OVILLA – Roads are still a big issue in the City of Ovilla, but constant work in that area continues to create better roadways in that city.  

Recently, Ovilla Public Works Director Brad Piland presented to the council the progress that has been made in 2013 on the various roadways in the city, as well as advising what roadways have been tabled for repair until 2014.

Piland says that at East Main, those roadways are complete including reclaiming, chip and seal and grounding for about five-tenths of a mile from Ovilla Road Baptist Church to the red light on Ovilla Road.

Ellis County used 270 tons of asphalt for the repairs.  

Several roadways in the city that also needed to be completely rebuilt, particularly in the Georgetown subdivision are underway.

“There are some of the roads completed in the Westmoreland Acres subdivision too, these are Buckboard, Silver Spur and Georgetown. Buckboard has been rebuilt from Silver Spur to Hosford,” Piland said.

Ellis County repair crews will also be back for the follow-up work for the Ovilla Oaks subdivision. After the level-up of the remaining roads are complete the county crews will apply the chip seal to Ovilla Oaks Drive and then return in 20 to 30 days to finish the side streets in the subdivision. This extended time will allow the new asphalt that was applied by the city crews enough time to cure, Piland explained.

As for remaining work Piland expects will be rescheduled until 2014, he said Slippery Elm as now being moved to next year as well as Bryson Road at Shiloh where it is planned that the entire road will be ground up and redone.

Finally, Cockrell Hill is also scheduled for repair in 2014 and will likely be the first road on the list.  

Piland says there is the issue of traffic control on Cockrell Hill though since it is such a highly used road in the city.