New plans for Texas College propose enhancements to campus entrances

Published on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 23:35 - Written by KELLY GOOCH kgooch@tylerpaper.com

A new entrance, a reconfiguration of the main entrance and additional parking are among the plans for Texas College. 

The proposed enhancements involve a reconfiguration of the main entrance to align better with 26th Street, adding a Texas College entrance adjacent to the intersection of 24th Street and Grand Avenue and adding a parking lot on the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and 24th Street, City Engineer Carter Delleney said.

It is all part of the city’s Palace, 26th and Grand Improvements Project.

In 2011, the City Council gave the go-ahead for a contract with Ballard and Braughton Engineering for design and construction phase services related to improvements to Palace Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 29th Street, Delleney said.

Then in 2013, improvements to Grand Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 29th Street and 26th Street from Grand to Broadway Avenue were added to the design contract.

And on Wednesday, the City Council gave the go-ahead for a contract amendment in the amount of $19,300 so that Ballard and Braughton Engineering can do additional design and construction services for the proposed new entrance, main entrance reconfiguration and additional parking lot at Texas College.

Current plans for 26th, Grand and Palace are to put in sidewalks where possible and to have enhanced street lighting as well as banners that will help identify the area, Delleney said.

He said the city was looking at closing the Grand Avenue intersection at the railroad but decided to leave it open to traffic. He said they also will look at putting a drainage structure over the drainage channel at 26th and Tenneha Avenue.

A construction schedule has not yet been determined. 

Delleney said a public meeting is still needed to discuss the various work, and he suspects that the project would go out for bid sometime this summer.  He said the Palace, 26th and Grand Improvements Project will come back to the City Council once bid, and there will be a solid schedule at that time.

On Wednesday, the City Council also voted to appoint Heather Bolestridgeas the city’s new transit manager.

Mrs. Bolestridge started as an intern in the city’s Communications Department in August 2011 and in November 2011 took a position with the Parks and Recreation Department. She was appointed as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in 2012.

“I’m so excited. I feel like it’s an awesome opportunity to serve the community and really make a difference,... and I think it will help me grow as a manager and leader,” she said. “It’s just a very exciting time for my family and (me).”

On Wednesday, the City Council also considered and then approved the agenda item: “ratify staff action to approve a Purchase and Sale Agreement for mitigation credits with Scoober Creek Mitigation Bank for the West Cumberland Road Extension Project in the amount of $105,000.”