• December 21, 2014

Lampasas officials discuss road, drainage improvements

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Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014 4:30 am

LAMPASAS   — Road and drainage improvement ideas were hashed out at the City Improvement Project committee meeting Thursday night, along with questions about funding.

While some projects are already funded and underway, many of the ideas will go before the Lampasas City Council for final budgeting approval.

“We’re working on Fourth Street, and that’s primarily curbing,” said City Manager Finley deGraffenried. “We won’t get into the paving until the weather warms up a little bit.”

Repaving, drainage and curbing improvements from Fifth Street through Seventh Street started earlier this year and are almost finished. Currently, gutter height issues are the only items left before completion.

Officials also discussed replacing 2,600 feet of curb and addressing drainage issues around the city.

A large, multiphase paving, water and sewer line project along Fifth Street was mapped out. Flooding problems around Third Street and the Willis Street culvert also were discussed.

Several more streets also were proposed for repaving. “The good thing is our streets are in decent shape,” said deGraffenried, noting the projects were general timely maintenance issues.

But, the general cost of construction rose in the past five or six years and the city has not allocated any additional money for road improvements lately, said Phil Andreas, public works director. The city budgets about $275,000 for paving, deGraffenried said.

In order to proceed with projects, the city needs to increase its budget or reduce the number of streets being repaired, according to documents presented at the meeting,

“One of the things that the CIP committee recommended was an additional $100,000 in paving,” deGraffenried said. “And one approach we took was ‘Can we combine that paving with a pipe project?’”

The improvement projects will go before the council in upcoming months.

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