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Council moves forward on drainage projects

by Julie Goodgame - March 22, 2017

Press Release
For Immediate Release
March 22, 2017

Council moves forward on drainage projects

At the Council meeting on Wednesday, March 22, Tyler Mayor Martin Heines and the Tyler City Council approved City Manager Edward Broussard to amend the agreement with Adams Engineering for the design of the Courtney Miller Drainage project and to authorize a contract with Capps-Capco Construction, Inc. to construct the Lake Street culvert replacement project.

Courtney Miller Drainage project
The Courtney Miller Drainage project, which is located between Courtney Drive and Miller Drive, has been on the Half Cent Sales Tax project list for more than 20 years. In 2006, Adams Engineering was commissioned to create an underground design for an open channel to alleviate property flooding. The project has experienced delays multiple times due to easement acquisition and funding constraints. This project is one identified in this year’s Drainage Capital Improvement Plan Strategy.  

“This year, Half Cent Sales Tax monies are focusing on drainage projects,” said Mayor Martin Heines. “Drainage is an important and key component of our infrastructure and, in the long run, it is more costly if not made a top priority.”

The proposed amendment includes additional engineering design, bid phase services and environmental permitting services. The amendment also updates the eleven year old hourly rate schedule to today’s rates. The original contact amount is $33,445 and included survey, a study, design, permitting and limited construction phase services. The proposed amendment adds both the scope and a fee to each item, which is necessary to complete the design phase and bid the project out. Another amendment is anticipated in order to cover construction phase services at the award of the construction phase.

Lake Street culvert replacement project
On June 16, 2016, two sinkholes appeared adjacent to the drainage culvert along Black Fork Creek Tributary at Lake Street. It was determined that the culvert was beyond repair and required replacement. The Brannon Corporation has since designed improvements to replace the culvert, assisted with easement procurement, and coordinated with franchise utilities. The project was publicly advertised and bids were opened on February 28, 2017.

Capps-Capco Constructions’ bid was the lowest at $345,859. This project, including design, construction and material testing, exceeds the allocated budget of $300,000. An ordinance adding $75,000 to that account will be necessary. 
“The Lake Street project is expected to begin in early April and take up to six months,” said Carter Delleney, City engineer. “With good weather, it could be complete before school starts in the fall.”

For more information about drainage projects, please contact the City of Tyler Engineering Department at (903) 531-1126. 


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