The Western Hills drainage project should break ground at the end of July after the Copperas Cove City Council approved the $270,000 infrastructure improvement on Tuesday.

Copperas Cove-based Atkinson Homes Inc. was awarded the construction bid for the Western Hills project for about $233,000. The design cost of the project was $37,000 and was completed by Hearn Engineering, according to the city.

“Construction should start around the fourth week of July and be completed within 90 days,” said Doug Hearn, of Hearn Engineering, in an email.

By awarding the project to Atkinson Homes, the project should be completed for about $37,000 less than budgeted.

“My understanding is that Atkinson Homes has worked for the city before,” said Daryl Uptmore, the city’s public works director. He did not see a reason not to accept the bid — the lowest of four submitted from area contractors.

The project will add several inlet boxes and install piping throughout the Western Hills area, according to the city’s capital improvement plan. Making additions to the drainage facilities should correct the insufficient rainwater runoff collection system, which creates a greater risk of flooding in the area.

“There are eight to 10 residences along the northern side of Saddle Drive that have been impacted by floodwater in the past,” Hearn said, noting the project should correct those issues. Construction will take place on Saddle, Spur, Blanket and Bridle drives, the city said.


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