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Ferris’ street project to block off residents

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Ellis County Press
FERRIS — Frustration over delays on Ferris' street repair project may soon be over, but the real inconveniences are just beginning.

To use their vehicles, for instance, some residents will have to park them on another street, the Ferris City Council was told at its Sept. 18 meeting. What's more, blocked roads likely will cause problems with trash collection.

According to Public Works Director Charlie Joe James, certain steps in the concrete work will make the streets entirely impassable.

'For most of it, the streets can be passable in the evenings,' James told the council. 'Until they put in the steel, people may have to walk a block or so to get to their houses. We'll have to make arrangements for trash collection.'

James said the city is working with the contractor to make sure residents are notified when to expect work in their neighborhoods. It is not possible at this time to predict which streets will be addressed first, he said.

'There may be some skipping around when (the contractor) starts building forms for the concrete,' James said. 'It will all be based on street width.'

James said consideration would be given to traffic flow. For instance, work on Fifth Street, in front of the school, will not begin until school lets out in the spring. Additionally, the contractor will make sure corresponding arteries will not be under construction at the same time.

'We don't want to have the north end of Wood Street and Church Street torn up at the same time,' James said.

Contractors for the city's water line project are also slated to begin work.

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