State to pay bulk of sewer project

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Byterry Hagerty Bas­trop Ad­ver­tiser

The city of Bas­trop will con­tinue its ma­jor projects for water and sewer up­grades with $300,000 in as­sis­tance from the state.

The city is up­grad­ing sewer lines along Fayette Street, with Mercer Con­struc­tion of Edna run­ning the project.

“This project con­sists of re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing 12-inch waste­water line with an 18inch line,” City Man­ager Mike Tal­bot said. About 3,000 feet of pipe is be­ing re­placed.

The route for the project is along the east side of the Union Pa­cific Rail­road, from the Gils Branch lift sta­tion to Farm Street.

The state, through its Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Block Grant Pro­gram, is fund­ing the bulk of the project by con­tribut­ing $300,000. The city will pay about $41,000 for its share of the project.

Tal­bot said Mercer started the project Nov. 5 and should be done by late Fe­bru­ary.

The city is also up­grad­ing a stretch of waste­water lines along the south side of Texas 71. The city re­cently ap­proved a $494,088 con­tract for the in­stal­la­tion of new 16-inch pipe on the south side of Texas 71 near Hasler Boule­vard to the area near Texas 304.

Tal­bot has pre­vi­ously said that the city has pipes un­der its streets that are more than 100 years old.

The city also is work­ing on a fa­cil­i­ties im­prove­ment project in Bob Bryant Park and has com­pleted the con­crete foun­da­tion for a new water stor­age tank.

“The project is on sched­ule, with no prob­lems oc­cur­ring,” Tal­bot said dur­ing his up­date to the City Coun­cil dur­ing its reg­u­lar meet­ing last week.

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