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Council approves spending $462,816 on needed infrastructure maintenance and improvement

December 13, 2017

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For Immediate Release
Dec. 13, 2017

Council approves spending $462,816 on needed infrastructure maintenance and improvement

At the City Council meeting on Dec. 13, Tyler City Council approved multiple infrastructure items that represent more than $462,816 worth of improvements to Tyler’s water, drainage and sanitary sewer systems. 

“At the 2017 State of the City event, we committed to a 10 year, $100 million plan to reinvest in Tyler’s infrastructure,” said Mayor Martin Heines. “These items today are part of that commitment.”

Capital Improvements to drainage system

City Council awarded an $113,616 contract to Adams Engineering for design and construction of a new culvert at Robertson Avenue. 

“In 2015 and 2016, the Tyler area saw record rainfall events that brought an awareness of storm water and drainage issues to the forefront,” said Kyle Dykes, project engineer. “As a result, a Drainage Capital Improvement Plan was developed. Twelve key projects, including this culvert replacement, were identified.” 

Its replacement will improve drainage characteristics along West Mud Creek tributary. The design of this project is anticipated to take four months and construction is expected to take six months after a two month bidding process. The structure at Robertson Avenue will be funded through the Half Cent Sales Tax program. 


Water System Maintenance

Council also awarded a $261,200 contract to Maguire Iron, Inc. to drain, sand and recoat two above ground water storage tanks located at Wells 12 and 17. 

“Recoating these tanks is necessary every 15 to 20 years to maintain the quality of our drinking water,” said Scott Taylor, Managing Director of Utilities and Public Works. “Over time, the exposure to the water stored in the tanks breaks down the coating.”

The project is slated to be completed by June 2018.


Maintenance and repair to sanitary sewer system

Finally, Council approved an $88,000 contract to Elledge Engineering Corporation to provide engineering and design services to repair erosion and stabilize crossings where sanitary sewer lines cross creeks. 

Several of these crossings have experienced erosion over time, putting the sewer line in danger of breaking and causing a discharge of untreated wastewater. 

The following five locations will be reviewed for repair: 
1. South of Rieck Road, between Donnybrook Avenue and Covey Lane
2. South of Lowe’s, between Donnybrook Avenue and Sutherland Drive
3. East of Broadway Avenue, behind the South Broadway ETMC Clinic
4. East of Hollytree Country Club, between Prestonwood Circle and Turnberry Circle 
5. North of West Grande Boulevard, between Spring Creek Drive and Hollytree Drive

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