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Govalle 2 – Blunn Creek Project The City has selected Oscar Renda Construction Company as the contractor. The project location is east of South Congress and west of IH 35 and will include work on Riverside Drive, Alameda Drive, East Monroe, Sunset Lane, East Live Oak and Edgecliff. The purpose is to replace aging wastewater lines which have contributed to sanitary sewer overflows in recent years. About 4,705 feet of new wastewater pipe and 39 manholes will be installed. The staging area for storage of equipment and materials will be located at 1625 South IH 35, northbound service road. The staging area is bounded by IH 35 to the west, Summit Street to the east, Woodland Avenue to the south and an office building to the north. Construction is scheduled to begin in March and will be completed in February 2009.
Project Manager: Robert Wells, 479-1614
Construction Inspector: Phillip Preslar, 801-8558
Govalle 2 – Harper’s Branch Tunnel Project The City has selected Southland as the contractor. The Harper’s Branch Project is a tunneling project approximately 2000 feet in length that will run parallel to IH 35. The tunnel is being constructed for the placement of a new wastewater line that will allow for the abandonment of the existing wastewater line that has been leaking into the creek. The north boundary of the project is Norwood Estate Dog Park just north of Riverside Drive, and the south boundary of the project is the TIG parking lot just south of Reagan Terrace. The staging area for storage of equipment and materials will be split between an area in the dog park and an area owned by TxDot just to the east of the dog park and the TIG parking lot. Construction is scheduled to begin this month and will be completed in February 2009.
Project Manager: Sharon Hamilton, P.E., 479-1642
Construction Inspector: Mike Carpenter, 474-5500
With the addition of these two projects, there will be three wastewater improvement projects under way in the South River City Citizens’ neighborhood (the Travis Heights project began last month and will be completed by fall 2008). However, the Harper’s Branch project is an underground tunnel, so surface impacts will be limited. Project managers are coordinating construction activities to minimize disruptions as much as possible. Traffic control plans will provide detours around construction areas in the street right of way. Access to streets for emergency vehicles will be maintained. The Austin Clean Water Program is the City’s response to an EPA mandate to repair and replace aging wastewater lines or face fines of $27,500 per day per overflow. The deadline for completion of all 100 construction projects is June 2009. (linked maps viewable with free Adobe reader)