As the city continues to grow, officials are trying to ensure the infrastructure is in place to support more people.
During a Harker Heights City Council workshop Tuesday, Mark Hyde, director of Public Works, presented council members with five water, wastewater and street capital improvement projects that city staff recommend moving forward on.
The projects, which total more than $3.6 million, include: upgrades to the Cedar Knob pump station and Warriors Path lift station, purchasing a mixing system for the Cedar Oaks standpipe, putting in a liquid ammonia sulfate system at the Verna Lee pump station and reconstructing Amy Lane.
On Feb. 25, the council gave city staff the green light to move forward with the engineering of two capital improvement projects from the 2014 certificates of obligation: constructing a left-turn lane and signal light improvements on Farm-to-Market 3481 from Prospector Trail to the FM 2410 intersection and on Verna Lee Boulevard from FM 2410 to Pinewood Drive and reconstructing Amy Lane.
The Amy Lane project entails widening the two lanes to 28 feet each, widening the intersection at Bee Line Drive to 36 feet, raising the medians, adding a left-turn lane and five foot sidewalk on each side of the street as well as creating an underground storm system.
Hyde updated council members on the projected cost and scope of each project.
Reconstructing Amy Lane is estimated to cost $2.6 million, a figure that Hyde said is over the city’s budget, which is why the sidewalks will be an alternate bid.
“We need to keep the sidewalks at all costs and make it work,” Councilman Pat Christ said.
“We have skimped on them too many times in the past.”