Year in review: City ends busy year with re-opening of Hull overpass

The Hull Street Overpass re-opened in November, signaling the end of 28 month of frustration for many Clovis residents.

Kevin Wilson

More than $3 million and 254 tons of steel. Thousands of vehicle pass-overs per day. And sighs of relief throughout south Clovis.

The re-opening of the Hull Street Overpass in early November was one of the city’s more satisfying moments of 2010, in a year where new directors and wild animals were added at city properties, and polycarts were removed from most city routes.

“There’s a lot of excitement,” City Engineer Justin Howalt said after the overpass opened for traffic Nov. 18. “We had people waiting at the bottom.”

The overpass, closed since June of 2008, had previously handled some 4,000 vehicles daily.

Other city developments from 2010 included:

• Cart concerns: In response to near-unanimous public comment against a potential sanitation transition from alley trash bins to individual polycarts, the Clovis City Commission voted unanimously in July to terminate the plan.

The city used about 1,700 units for a trial program in Colonial Park, along Fairway Terrace and inside an area enclosed within 21st Street and Plaza Drive and Main and Gidding streets.

Of the 537 pieces of correspondence received about the program, only 11 were for the change to polycarts.