Stretch of Col. Rowe Boulevard to close for drainage construction

From Saturday through Nov. 22, a small stretch of Col. Rowe Boulevard (2nd Street) between Houston Avenue and Jackson Avenue will be closed to all traffic in both directions. Motorists will be detoured to 10th Street or McColl Road for north and south access.

The road closure is due to construction on the Kennedy Avenue drainage improvement project, one of many drainage projects under construction in the city as it continues to build and fund drainage improvements.

“While we recognize that the complete closure will cause traffic congestion and delays due to the detours, we ask for the public’s patience and understanding as the work being done will improve drainage in McAllen, which is an important priority for the community,” City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez said in a statement.

The construction project consists of installing new storm sewer infrastructure, including approximately 3,800 feet of storm sewer pipe ranging in size from 24 inches to 30 inches in diameter.

The closure comes following an overnight rain that didn’t cause flooding, but when it rains in McAllen, Rodriguez isn’t totally comfortable, which is why the city has undertaken a drainage master plan of more than 66 drainage projects worth more than $50 million, leading to other brief road closures during the construction phases.

“Every time it rains, I just cringe at the fact that an inch of rain impacts this area,” Rodriguez said at the groundbreaking ceremony earlier this year for a different project.

A road closure related to that project was Harvey Avenue between 23rd Street and Bicentennial Boulevard.