By Taylor Short
The Cove Herald
The Copperas Cove Economic Development Corp. approved almost $1.2 million for the Constitution Drive extension - expected to be a high-traffic roadway - at a special meeting July 9.
The project will extend the road from its current endpoint at Mashburn Drive to connect with Mueller Street. The construction bid was awarded to Dixon Paving Inc. in the amount of $1,169,200.80.
Otto Wiederhold of Walker Wiederhold & Associates said the money includes a 48-foot-wide curb-and-gutter street. He said while some water lines may need to be moved around, the construction will facilitate infrastructure for sewer lines and water lines for fire protection.
"This will be designed to handle high traffic," Wiederhold said. "This will be a major thoroughfare with the future development."
The road extension is needed for the $13 million upscale housing development, Constitution Court, and the Shops at Five Hills development.
The action requires city council approval at the July 20 meeting because the expenditure exceeds $15,000. Soon after approval, Wiederhold said a pre-construction conference will take place and he expects to see work begin by early August.
Marketing Director Monica Hull gave an update on the voluntary annexation process of the roughly 125 acres of land obtained by the EDC after the land swap with Fort Hood last month. The annexation and zoning of the property is necessary before the EDC can request a Texas Department of Transportation permit to install the digital sign and before beginning to develop the area.
Hull said the EDC acquired maps of nearby landowners who must be contacted before the annexation. She has a meeting scheduled with City Engineer Wesley Wright on Tuesday to discuss the details.
Before any action was taken, a presentation on a new electric power substation - proposed to be placed on the hill in the same 125-acre area - was postponed for the fourth time.
Executive Director Polo Enriquez said Wendell South, a representative for Oncor Electric Delivery, is experiencing health problems and could not make the meeting.
"I do empathize with Mr. South's issues," he said. "But while this is not too urgent, it will take time to give Oncor legal access to the property."
Enriquez said the substation would serve future developments in the area with power, but through a process called redundancy, would increase reliability of the city's entire electric system.
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