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Capital Improvement Projects

 

Construction Projects


  • Contractor: Ulland Bros.
  • Start Date: April 27, 2018
  • Project Updates:
    April 20, 2018 – The Contractor is scheduled to remove the existing asphalt pavement on 1st Street SW on Friday, April 27th. Temporary ramps will be installed for driveway access through the weekend.  Work will resume on Monday, April 30th.
    May 7, 2018 – The contractor is finishing up the sanitary sewer work early this week. Next they will be excavating the roadway and installing drain tile.
    May 14, 2018 – The sanitary sewer work has been completed. Austin Utilities has some work left to complete in the 1st St and 2nd Ave intersection before the roadway can be excavated and tile installed later this week.
    May 21, 2018 – Austin Utilities has completed water main work, and the contractor has begun excavating the roadway from 1st Ave to 2nd Ave SW. Next tile will be installed and aggregate base will be placed between 1st Ave and 3rd Ave SW.
    May 30, 2018 – The contractor has installed the tile and placed aggregate base between 1st Ave and 2nd Ave SW. The next step of the project is curb and gutter construction.
    June 4, 2018 – The concrete contractor is scheduled to be on site this week to install curb and gutter and to replace sidewalks and driveways.
    June 11, 2018 – Curb and gutter is being installed Tuesday. The curb will need a few days to cure and then the street will be ready for asphalt pavement.
    June 18, 2018 – Curb and gutter has been completed.  A few pedestrian ramps remain to be poured with concrete.  Then the contractor will regrade the aggregate base and hopes to pave the first layer of asphalt later this week, if the weather cooperate.
    June 25, 2018 – The rain last week significantly delayed work on the project. The first layer of asphalt is being paved on Monday.  The road will be open to traffic at the end of the day on Monday.  The contractor will then begin cleaning up boulevards and construction materials before the 4th of July holiday.
    July 2, 2018 – The contractor will continue cleaning up and grading boulevards for the 4th of July holiday.
    July 9, 2018 – The contractor plans to begin placing sod this week.
    July 16, 2018 – The contractor will be placing sod this week.
    July 23, 2018 – The contractor will be placing sod this week.
    July 30, 2018 – The sod and final layer of asphalt have been placed and the project is complete. Thank you for your patience during construction.
  • Contractor:  Hansen Hauling & Excavating Inc.
  • Total Project Cost:  $1,334,975.25
  • Start Date:  May 14, 2018
  • Project Updates
    April 16, 2018 – Project awarded to Hansen Hauling & Excavating Inc.
    May 7, 2018 – Pre-construction meeting held with the contractor. Work is expected to begin Monday, May 14th, weather permitting.
    May 14, 2018 – Work began breaking up the existing concrete pavement on 19th Street NE. The contractor will then remove the concrete pavement from Oakland Ave to 5th  The underground work will be completed from Oakland Ave to 5th Ave NE prior to removing the pavement from 5th Ave to the I-90 frontage road.  There will be gravel drives installed across 19th Street NE for vehicle access across the project.
    May 21, 2018 – The concrete intersections at 1st Ave NE and 3rd Ave NE are being removed and replaced with gravel. There may be short periods of time where there is not access across 19th Street while this work is taking place.  Austin Utilities is starting their water main replacement on Monday.
    May 30, 2018 – Austin Utilities continues with their water main construction. Intersections may be closed for periods of time while they complete their work.
    June 4, 2018 – Austin Utilities continues with water main construction. Intersections may be closed for periods of time while they complete their work.
    June 11, 2018 – Austin Utilities is now working on water services from Oakland Ave to 5th Ave NE. The contractor will begin concrete pavement removal between 5th Ave NE and the I-90 frontage road in the next couple of weeks.
    June 18, 2018 – Austin Utilities will complete their water main work south of 5th Ave NE next week.  On Wednesday the contractor will remove the concrete between 5th Ave and 6th Ave NE.  The concrete at 6th Ave NE will remain in place over the weekend.  The week of June 25th, the contractor will continue to remove the concrete pavement from 6th Ave to I-90.  There will be temporary gravel crossings installed at 5th, 6th and 7th Avenues.  A secondary access to 6th Ave NE will be installed to provide access to residents east of 19th St NE an alternate route to get to their houses.
    June 25, 2018 – The rain last week significantly delayed work on the project. The contractor will begin installing the new storm sewer mains between Oakland Ave and 3rd Ave this week.  Austin Utilities will continue with water main construction north of 5th  A secondary access to 6th Ave will be constructed off of Highway 218 for residents to access their houses when the intersection of 19th St and 6th Ave is temporarily closed.
    July 2, 2018 – The contractor has completed storm sewer work between Oakland Ave and 1st Ave NE. They are also excavating the roadway.  Austin Utilities is working on water mains north of 5th Ave NE.
    July 9, 2018 – The contractor will continue working on storm sewer north of 1st Ave NE, and excavating the roadway as they progress. Austin Utilities will continue working on water mains between 6th Ave NE and I-90.
    July 16, 2018 – The contractor will excavate the roadway between Oakland Ave and 5th Ave NE. After the roadway is excavated tile will be installed. The subgrade will then be replaced with geotextile fabric and sand.  Austin Utilities has completed their water main work.
    July 23, 2018 – The contractor will continue roadway excavation and tile line installation this week.
    July 30, 2018 – The contractor will be excavating the roadway from 5th Ave NE to I-90. After excavation sand will be brought in to rebuild the road.  Storm sewer work will take place in the 6th Ave and 7th Ave intersections.  Tile line will also continue to be installed.
    August 6, 2018 – The last sections of storm sewer and tile will be installed this week. Sand and rock will be placed in the roadway from 5th Ave to the end of the project.  Next week curb and gutter installation will begin.
    August 13, 2018 – The contractor will be finishing up the last few sections of storm sewer and tile this week. The last two blocks of 19th St will also be excavated and covered with sand and rock.

Public Info Presentation

  • Contractor:  Hansen Hauling & Excavating Inc.
  • Total Project Cost:  $1,043,310.62
  • Start Date:  May 21, 2018
  • Project Updates
    April 16, 2018 – Project awarded to Hansen Hauling & Excavating In.
    May 14, 2018 – A pre-construction meeting was held with the contractor. The start date for the project has been delayed one week due to recent wet weather.  Work on 5th Street NW is scheduled to begin on May 29th.  Work on 12th Avenue will not begin until July.
    May 30, 2018 – Asphalt removal begins on Wednesday on 5th St NW. The contractor will then remove curb and indrives.  Water main and sanitary sewer construction will begin late this week and into next week.
    June 4, 2018 – Austin Utilities is now on site to work on water main replacement. They will start at 8th Ave NW and work their way north.
    June 11, 2018 – Austin Utilities continues to work on water main on 5th St NW.
    June 18, 2018 – Austin Utilities continues to work on water main on 5th St NW.
    June 25, 2018 – The rain last week significantly delayed work on the project. Austin Utilities will continue water main work on 5th St NW this week.
    July 2, 2018 – Austin Utilities continues to work on water services on 5th St NW.
    July 9, 2018 – Austin Utilities continues to work on water services on 5th St NW.
    July 16, 2018 – Austin Utilities continues to work on water services on 5th St NW. The contractor will begin working on storm sewer on 5th St NW.  Work 12th Ave NW is tentatively scheduled to begin early next week.
    July 23, 2018 – Austin Utilities continues to work on water services on 5th St NW. The contractor will be working on storm sewer on 5th St NW.  Work 12th Ave NW is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.
    July 30, 2018 – Austin Utilities has completed work on 5th St NW and is now beginning work on 12th Ave NW. The contractor will be working on storm sewer and sanitary sewer on 5th St NW.
    August 6, 2018 – The contractor will continue working on storm sewer and sanitary sewer on 5th St NW. Austin Utilities will continue with water main construction on 12th Ave NW.
    August 13, 2018 – The contractor will be finishing up storm sewer this week and begin excavating the roadway. Austin Utilities continues water main work on 12th Ave NW.

Public Info Presentation

  • Contractor: Hansen Hauling & Excavating Inc.
  • Total Project Cost: $567,762.50
  • Start Date: July 30, 2018
  • Project Updates:
    April 2, 2018 – Project awarded to Hansen Hauling & Excavating Inc.
    July 30, 2018 – Work is planned to begin on 14th Ave SW at the end of this week or early next week. No parking signs will be placed on the street the night prior to work beginning.  The project is separated into two phases.  Phase 1 includes 14th Ave SW and Phase 2 includes 15th Ave SW.  Work on 15th Ave SW will likely begin at the end of August.
    August 6, 2018 – Due to scheduling conflicts the start date for this project has moved back to August 13th. No parking signs will be installed the day before work will begin.
    August 13, 2018 – 14th Ave and 15th Ave SW will be milled on Monday. The contractor will create ramps into driveways so residents can continue to use their driveways until work is taking place in front of their property.  After milling Austin Utilities will begin working on water main.

Public Info Presentation

  • Contractor: Hansen Hauling & Excavating Inc.
  • Total Project Cost: $569,343.75
  • Start Date: May 7, 2018
  • Project Updates:
    April 2, 2018 – Project awarded to Hansen Hauling & Excavating Inc.
    April 30, 2018 – Pre-construction meeting held with contractor. Work is expected to begin Monday, May 7th, weather permitting.
    May 7, 2018 – Asphalt pavement was removed on Phase 1 today. Next the contractor will be working on sanitary sewer on 15th Ave SE and Austin Utilities will begin work on 8th Dr SE.
    May 14, 2018 – The sanitary sewer work has been completed on 15th Ave SE. Austin Utilities will continue to work on water main and services.
    May 21, 2018 – Austin Utilities continues to work on water main and service replacement. Weather permitting they will finish this week.  The contractor will begin working on storm sewer on 15th Avenue SE this week.
    May 30, 2018 – Austin Utilities has completed their water main work and the contractor has completed the storm sewer installation. Next the contractor will begin excavating the roadway for aggregate base placement.
    June 4, 2018 – The roadway has been excavated and tile is being installed. Later this week aggregate base will be placed, making the project ready for curb and gutter to be installed next week.
    June 11, 2018 – Due to wet weather the aggregate base has not been placed yet. That will take place this week when it dries out.  Curb and gutter installation will follow the aggregate base.
    June 18, 2018 – The last sections of curb and gutter will be installed at the 7th St and 15th Ave SE intersection this week. Then the contractor will regrade the aggregate base and pave the first layer of asphalt.  Paving will take place late this week or the week of June 25th.
    June 25, 2018 – Rain significantly delayed work on the project last week. The last pieces of concrete will be poured early this week and the contractor will shape the subgrade to prepare for paving.  The contractor hopes to pave sometime this week.
    July 2, 2018 – All paving and concrete work has been completed on Phase 1 of the project. The contractor still needs to restore boulevards.  There will be a gap between the end of Phase 1 and the start of Phase 2.  Phase 2 is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of July 16th, subject to change.
    July 9, 2018 – Phase 2 of the project is scheduled to begin next week. Phase 2 includes 7th St SE and 5th St SE.  The contractor will mill off the existing asphalt pavement and remove curb and gutter.  Later in the week Austin Utilities will begin working on water main.
    July 16, 2018 – Phase 2 of the project is going to begin on Wednesday. Please remove all vehicles from the project area on Tuesday night.
    July 23, 2018 – Austin Utilities will be working on water main installation this week.
    July 30, 2018 – Austin Utilities will be working on water services this week.
    August 6, 2018 – Austin Utilities continues to work on water services.
    August 13, 2018 – Austin Utilities will complete water services this week. Next the contractor will install storm sewer and tile lines.

Public Info Presentation

Past Construction Projects

North Main
Flood Mitigation
Structural Wall Options

  1. Review Design
    • Structural/Berm
  2. Wall Options
    • Solid Wall
    • Solid Wall/Road Raise
    • Invisible Wall
    • Invisible Wall/Road Raise
  3. Wall Issues
    • Cost
    • Drainage
    • Public Safety
    • Flood Response Time
    • Appearance
    • Reliability/Life Expectancy

Cost:
In reviewing the options provided, the least expensive is the solid wall and the most expensive is the invisible wall with the road raise. The estimated cost difference between the solid wall and the invisible wall is approximately $500,000.
Other design considerations would include raising the road which has the potential of adding an additional cost of $250,000.
Numerous portions of the road will be impacted regardless of the method of construction.

Drainage:
The proposed project creates certain drainage issues that need to be addressed and include the following:

  • All storm sewer outlets have two closures included which prevent water from backing up on the dry side of the berm during flood events
  • Storm sewer lift station to pump the storm sewers in the event of a rainfall during a flood event
  • Storm sewer drainage system on the dry side of the wall to prevent soil saturation during periods of flooding
  • Storm sewer drainage system for road raise to accommodate drainage from private property

Public Safety:
The option of the solid wall creates certain public safety issues. The area between the wall and the Mill Pond is blocked from view from Main Street. This creates potential safety issues in the area adjacent to the Mill Pond. The invisible wall allows for the Mill Pond area to be visually accessible from Main Street.

Flood Response Time:
In reviewing the options available, the invisible wall does require a response by the City to install the planks for potential flooding events versus the solid wall design. For comparison purposes, the invisible wall with the road raise provides for flood protection approximately 12” higher than the flood of record (2004). The invisible wall would provide protection to a greater elevation and based on previous flood events, this installation is feasible.

Appearance:
In all options, the proposed wall is decorative in nature. In order to provide the level of protection required, the height of the wall becomes very imposing and has a significant impact on the North Main area. (Specifically the Mill Pond area) The City of Austin has made significant efforts for improvements to the Main Street corridor and the solid wall option has the potential to detract from the efforts made.

Reliability/Life Expectancy:
In all cases, there is a solid wall option to a protection level equal to the 2004 flood. This provides a safety level and response time that would allow the invisible wall to be feasible. If the invisible wall option would be chosen, an Action Plan would have to be developed that would provide for annual drills that would include installation.

Recommendation:
After much consideration and analysis of the options, it is my recommendation that the invisible wall with the road raise be approved. The basis for this recommendation is as follows:
Cost:

  • Funding – The Local Option Sales Tax continues to exceed all projections • Cost Sharing – All of the options are eligible based on the grant options
  • Drainage Issues – All options have unique drainage challenges
  • Additional costs represent less than 10% of the project cost for Phases 3-7
  • If matching funds are received, City’s additional cost would be covered by 4 months of Local Option Sales Tax

Public Safety:
The invisible wall with the road raise eliminates many of the concerns from a public safety standpoint expressed by the Police and Fire Departments. These concerns include: access, visibility, and safety.

Flood Response Time:
All options provide a solid wall due to height exceeding the 2004 flood of record. This would provide the City the necessary time to install additional flood planking if needed.

Appearance:
Graffiti – The solid wall and lack of visibility on the Mill Pond side will be more conducive to graffiti

The City has committed itself to the preservation and improvements of Main Street and Downtown. I think if the solid wall option was chosen that this would be a deterrent to the Downtown and Mill Pond area. Areas of improvements and growth in the Main Street area include:

  • Library
  • Downtown Revitalization
  • Justice Center – Long term planning that would allow for Health & Human Services to relocate to Downtown
  • Expansion plans of APC
  • Hormel Corporate Office South

The investment in the Main Street and Downtown areas by both the public and private sectors are in the millions of dollars and through proper planning and infrastructure development this area will continue to be a strong economic base and cultural center for the City of Austin.

As the Council moves forward with this important decision, it will have significant impacts on how this area is currently used and the long range development plans that allow business and industry to interact with one of the community’s most significant recreational areas.

If you have any questions, please let me know.