New south Tyler police substation at $3.1 M: Total estimated design, construction cost includes interior equipment

Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:57 - Written by Kelly Gooch kgooch@tylerpaper.com

 A proposed new South Tyler police substation will include features such as conference rooms, offices, a workout area and interview rooms, according to a presentation made Wednesday to the city council.

The substation, which will be about 17,500 square feet, is planned for Faulkner Park by West Cumberland Road. According to a news release, community members will be able to access the substation from West Cumberland Road and South Broadway Avenue.

Brian Phillips, with Fitzpatrick Architects, referenced various parts of the project while giving a presentation Wednesday, such as the red brick that will be used as well as parking.

Among the other proposed features in the presentation are an armory, patrolman briefing area, evidence closet, locker rooms, laundry area, detective unit area and kitchen.

According to a news release, project benefits include “closer proximity to police services, such as records, property, investigations and community response officers.”

Tyler police Chief Gary Swindle said officers will move to the south Tyler location rather than having to drive from the downtown Tyler location to get to their beat.

During the first year that the new substation is open, hundreds of thousands of dollars will be saved, Swindle said. According to a news release, officers for Beat 4, 5 and 6 spend about 5,200 hours each year in travel time to and from their areas, which costs more than $219,100.

Swindle said the new location also provides more convenience for community members who need to report things to the Tyler Police Department.

“We believe that long term it will affect crime, and faster response means it’s a chance to catch the criminals faster and quicker,” he said.

According to a news release, the project, which is estimated at $3.1 million, includes interior equipment and is funded by the half-cent sales tax.

The substation is expected to be complete by 2016.

 

LAKE TYLER DAM

On Wednesday, the city council also gave the go-ahead for city staff to advertise for bids for the Lake Tyler Dam Repair project.

According to a news release, project plans and specifications were submitted in September to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Dam Safety Section, and revisions were requested.

“City staff revised the plans and has provided the results of computer modeling to the TCEQ for a second review on Dec. 16, 2013,” the news release states. “Construction of the project cannot begin until approval is received from the TCEQ. However, city staff can proceed with the pre-qualification of cutoff wall contractors and advertising the project for bids prior to receiving TCEQ’s approval. Therefore, city staff will receive submittals of qualification packets from cutoff wall contractors until Feb. 25 and anticipates advertising upon receiving plan approval from the TCEQ.”

Greg Morgan, city of Tyler director for utilities and public works, said the dam was inspected in 2010, and as a result, a boil was discovered, meaning water was coming up and transporting soil.

The boil has been observed, he said, and it was determined that the issue needed to be addressed.

Therefore, a barrier wall will be put in to help seal off part of the dam, said Lynn Hitt, P. E., with Wisenbaker Fix & Associates.

Morgan said that if the issue wasn’t addressed, it could create a structural problem, so they are trying to be proactive.

He said repair work is also planned for the spillway.

Morgan said the project could take five to nine months, depending on whether work on the wall and repairs to the spillway is staggered.

 

WEST CUMBERLAND

The City Council also gave approval for city staff to advertise for bids for the construction of the West Cumberland Road extension project.

According to a news release, the project - about 2.4 miles -includes “four traffic lanes, raised landscaped medians and sidewalks.”

City Engineer Carter Delleney has said the extension also includes an approximately 800-foot bridge over West Mud Creek, as well as a smaller bridge structure toward the middle of the project.

Additionally, Cumberland Road east of South Broadway Avenue will be expanded to four lanes, according to a news release.

“The project will serve as an east-west connection for the southwest portion of Tyler,” Mayor Bass said in the news release. “This will give citizens better access to schools, retail, parks and new development. It will also enhance emergency response times and help ease traffic congestion.”

The city is also proposing a concrete hike and bike trail that would come in from the north and connect Grande Boulevard to Cumberland Road, Delleney said last month.

But he has said the road project will come first.

The extension project is being funded by half-cent sales tax revenues. Construction is projected to take two years, with an estimated completion date of summer 2016.

 STREET IMPROVEMENTS

On Wednesday, City Council members also gave approval for city staff to advertise for bids for street improvements.

According to agenda item information from the city, streets were ranked based on their condition, and those that were determined to be in need of overlay were included in the 2014 Asphalt Pavement Enhancement Program, which is being paid for with half-cent sales tax.

Proposed streets, which can change, include Broadway Avenue from Erwin Street to 4th Street; Bow Street from Gentry Parkway to Palace Avenue; N. Confederate Avenue from Queen Street to Robin Road; 31st Street from Border Avenue to the dead end; Whitten Avenue from 29th Street to the dead end; Mims Street from Ramey Avenue to Bois D’Arc Avenue; Bois D’Arc Avenue from Mims Street to Barrett Street; Devine Street from Palmer Avenue to Pinkerton Drive; Robertson Avenue from fifth street to first street; and 24th Street from Bois D’Arc Avenue to Border Avenue.

According to the agenda item information, the project also involves “edge milling on all streets with curb and gutter.”