Courthouse visitors facing longer walks
For an estimated three- to four-month period set to begin in roughly two weeks, access to the Uvalde County Courthouse, Uvalde Leader-News, and other locations in the northeast square of downtown will be inaccessible via North East and East North streets.
At that time, construction crews with Alvin E. Stock Contractors out of Eagle Pass will begin work to repair utilities on North East and East North streets in Uvalde. Repairs are estimated to take two months.
Afterward, Eagle Pass-based A.E. Hiller & Sons crews will begin paving the roadway. That project is estimated to take six weeks.
During that time, visitors needing access to the courthouse or downtown businesses may park along North Getty Street, or in the city- or county-owned parking lots nearby. The city’s lot is located on Nopal Street, next to the St. Henry de Osso Family Center, while the county’s lot is adjacent to the former jail facility.
“Access to the courthouse and parking around the building will be limited and will vary throughout the construction period,” said Bill Mitchell, Uvalde County Judge. “Curb parking will be diverted to the county parking lot and to the parking lot on the north side of East Nopal Streets.
“We do anticipate more people parking around the square and utilizing the west side door to gain access to the courthouse.”
Mitchell said schedules for court and trials will not change.
“If construction is prolonged for reasons such as weather, we will look at moving those settings to the justice center,” he said.
Updates to the roadways are part of the second phase of the city of Uvalde’s $10 million street repair project.
As Alvin E. Stock Contractors work to repair utilities, A.E. Hiller & Sons will tackle South College and Puccini lanes. Crews recently completed work on Fifth Street and the 800 block of East Nopal Street.
Crews have also completed work on Camp Street between Studer and Coyote Trail; Leona Street from North Getty Street to Fourth Street; Leona Road from Fourth Street to College Lane; Second Street from Studer to East Main Street; Camp from Coyote Trail to Brice Lane; Cardwell from Brice Lane to Getty; and Coyote Trail from Camp to Second.
Streets renovated during the first phase of repairs included Fort Clark Road, portions of Oppenheimer, Bowie and North Park streets; Old Carrizo Road from Geraldine to Highway 83; Grove from Martin to Geraldine; Garden from Farrar to Wood; High from Martin to Main; and Anglin from High to Getty.