Forney City Council Public Works Director, Chris Metz, recently requested council approval to seek proposals for the reconstruction of Redbud and Trinity Streets. Providing the council with specifications on the repair projects, Metz provided a detailed presentation at the September 19, 2016 council meeting.
Director Metz stated “As part of the 2016 fiscal year budget, Council approved the budget for the reconstruction of Redbud Drive. Redbud Drive is a heavily traveled, residential roadway that was originally constructed in the 1970's and it currently ranks as number three on the City's top ten worst streets list.”
Metz explained that the design will consist of sidewalk, roadway, water, waste water and storm drainage. The design is expected to take approximately nine months to complete and will include preparing bid documents for the construction portion of the project.
Director Metz said “We are requesting qualifications to hire a consultant to develop construction design plans and bidding documents for the reconstruction of Redbud Drive. The project limits will be along Redbud Drive (west), from Farm to Market 740 (Pinson Rd) to approximately 3050 feet northwest terminating at Farm to Market 740 North.”
The design plans presented the Council show that the existing two-lane residential street section is currently constructed of concrete with curb and gutter. Water, wastewater, sidewalk and storm-water will be included in this project. The City seeks a design that is detailed, user friendly and visionary with regards to, utility construction, storm water conveyance methods and roadway construction.
According to Metz a consultant will collect and analyze data and meet with City staff to develop a clear vision for the reconstruction project. The consultant will work closely with key personnel in preparing the scope of the roadway design.
Moving on next describe the Trinity Street repair project, Director Metz stated “The project comprises the reconstruction of the two-lane undivided road, including drainage improvements, water improvements, and sanitary sewer improvements. During the 2014 fiscal year budget, Council approved the funding for the Trinity Street design. Pacheco Koch was selected as the engineering firm to complete the design.”
Metz explained “During the next year, City staff and members of the design firm met with property owners along Trinity Street to allow them the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns. Staff also ensured that the historic significance of the roadway and its connection to the Downtown area were preserved. The design was completed by Pacheco Koch in December 2015. During the 2016 fiscal year, Council approved the funding for the reconstruction of the Trinity roadway and all associated utility improvements.”
Concluding his presentation on the Trinity Street repairs Director Metz stated “Upon council approval, staff will solicit proposals from the public for the construction services, this project is expected to take approximately twelve months to construct.”
The final design plans for each of these road repair projects will require the approval and adoption by the City Council.
The council voted unanimously to approve each of the requests to seek proposals for the road reconstruction on both Redbud and Trinity Streets.