City begins repaving work on Commerce Street

HARLINGEN — City paving crews from the Public Works Department began closing part of Commerce Street this morning for a $73,000 repaving project.

The first phase of the work will extend from Tyler Avenue near City Hall to East Fillmore Avenue.

Yesterday morning, the right lane heading northbound on Commerce was closed off as crews milled the edges of the street, city officials said.

Commerce Street is well-deserving of rehabilitation, giving motorists a bouncing ride due to numerous previously-filled potholes extending from Tyler to Fillmore and beyond.

The initial section is the first phase, and consists of milling the edges of the street and then overlaying, or repaving, and should be completed within five days, City Engineer Ponciano Longoria said via email.

“Next fiscal year (2018-19), Commerce Street from Fillmore Avenue to Little Creek will consist of milling the edges with an overlay at an estimated cost of $197,000 and should be completed in 2019,” Longoria added.

City officials urge motorists to exercise caution when traveling on Commerce Street during the road construction.