State to pay bulk of sewer project
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.