Parking garage construction up to 3rd level

Published on Tuesday, 8 April 2014 23:24 - Written by KELLY GOOCH

Various Tyler projects are expected to be completed within the coming years.

On Tuesday, City Engineer Carter Delleney gave updates to Half Cent Sales Tax Corp. board members.

One of the projects he discussed was the downtown parking garage.

Delleney said work is being done on the third level, and the $7.3 million project is “coming along nicely.”

The parking garage will include a tower, which will house parts of a historical clock that was displayed on top of the old Smith County Courthouse.

When complete, the parking garage will feature four levels, as well as 384 parking spaces. It will be a public parking garage with a fee-based parking system.

June still is the time frame for the parking garage to open, Delleney said.

Delleney on Tuesday also talked about a project that will extend West Cumberland Road from South Broadway Avenue to Old Jacksonville Highway.

He said there have been several competitive bidders.

“We’re excited about that, and we’ll get more information as we delve into the bids,” he said.

The West Cumberland Road extension project, which is proposed as a four-lane road with sidewalks, includes an approximately 800-foot bridge over West Mud Creek, as well as a smaller bridge structure toward the middle of the project.

The extension project currently is estimated to cost about $18 million.

Construction is projected to take two years, with an estimated completion date of summer 2016.

Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle said that the east-west connection will be “an enhancement to public safety” and “tremendous for safety response.”

He said a new police substation is planned at the entrance to Faulkner Park by West Cumberland Road, so it will be a major roadway for police to respond to emergency situations in south Tyler.

The new location also provides more convenience for community members who need to report things to the police department, Swindle said.

The proposed substation will include features, such as conference rooms, offices, a workout area and interview rooms, according to a presentation made earlier this year to the city council.

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

The substation is expected to be ready by 2016.

On Tuesday, Delleney also talked about the proposed Rice/Shiloh Road project.

He said the project involves Rice/Shiloh Road from Rhones Quarter Road to Old Jacksonville Highway. Rice Road between Old Jacksonville Highway and Hollytree Drive, and Shiloh Road between Paluxy Drive and Rhones Quarter Road, already have one eastbound lane and two westbound lanes with a center left turn lane.

So, he said, the project includes “filling the gap” to make other areas of Rice/Shiloh Road from Rhones Quarter Road to Old Jacksonville Highway have the same configuration. However, anywhere there currently are five lanes, including a center left turn lane, would stay as it is now, other than updating and refreshing striping.

He expects construction to begin this summer and the project to be complete by September.