A road project that will extend West Cumberland Road from South Broadway Avenue to Old Jacksonville Highway is expected to start construction later this year, according to City Engineer Carter Delleney.
On Wednesday, Delleney gave a project update to City Council members. The city council also moved the project forward by approving a $100,000 purchase and sale agreement for mitigation credits with Scoober Creek Mitigation Bank.
Since the West Cumberland Road extension project crosses over waterways, such as West Mud Creek, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requires that the city mitigate because land is being disturbed, Delleney said. So he said the purchase and sale agreement that was approved Wednesday brings the city in environmental compliance.
Now, Delleney said the project, which is proposed as a four-lane road with sidewalks, is still under design.
He said the extension includes an approximately 800-foot bridge over West Mud Creek, as well as a smaller bridge structure toward the middle of the project.
In addition to the road, the city is also proposing a 10-foot-wide concrete hike and bike trail that would come in from the north and connect Grande Boulevard to Cumberland Road, Delleney said.
But he said the road project will come first.
The extension project, which is estimated to cost $17 million, is being funded by half-cent sales tax revenues.
Delleney said open bids for the extension project are slated to begin in March for contractors, and he expects that the project will be under contract in May. Construction is projected to take two years, with an estimated completion date of summer 2016.
“We’re excited about this,” Delleney told the council Wednesday.
Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle also had positive things to say about the project.
He said having that east-west connection will be “an enhancement to public safety” and “tremendous for safety response.”
He said a new police substation is planned for the entrance to Faulkner Park by Cumberland Road, so it will be a major roadway for police to respond to emergency situations in South Tyler.
The substation should be complete in late 2015, he said.