Sugar Land theater and infrastructure projects moving ahead

By Betsy Dolan 

Sugar Land City Council recently approved a $1.1 million contract with Metro City Construction, L.P. for drainage improvements in Sugar Mill.

The improvements will reduce the risk of street ponding and flooding previously reported in sections one, two and three of Sugar Mill, an area surrounded by Eldridge Road, Lakeview Drive, Wood Street and Greenbelt Drive.

The project builds on drainage work that was completed in 2011. Since then, the City focused on acquiring easements and a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Construction will soon begin on two storm sewers along Rolling Mill and Hillary Circle that will deliver water to Cleveland Lake.

The project is expected to last about six months.

Williams Trace 

reconstruction design contract 

The City also awarded a $405,166 design contract to Costello Inc., for the Williams Trace reconstruction between Austin Parkway and Lexington.

The road, which was built between 1975-1980, was identified in the City’s pavement assessment program as needing major repair.

The project will be done in two phases with the higher priority phase, Austin Parkway to State Highway 6, beginning first.

Additional improvements will include replacing an old water main that runs the length of the project repairing sewer lines and replacing three traffic signals with ornamental poles.

Sugar Land resident, Fred Kellerman, spoke during the public comment portion of the February 4 meeting and was concerned that a proposed expansion at St. Laurence Catholic Church might impact the Williams Trace project.

“Traffic counts, traffic signals, construction phases, utilities and landscaping are just some items that could be skewed if not looked at in unison with the St. Laurence plan”, Kellerman said.

Hayes told the council that while St. Laurence is currently conducting their own traffic study, the city will conduct one as well.

A retreat planned for the City Council in March will focus on the fiscal year 2015 budget and possible funding for the Williams Trace project.

Final piece in place for Performing Arts Center team

The City Council awarded a $244,214 contract to The Projects Group for a Resident Project Representative (RPR) on the Performing Arts Center plan.

The RPR is the final part of a four-component team currently working on the pre-construction phase of the project.

The other team members include ACE Theatrical; the design consultant, Martinez & Johnson and Linbeck Construction which entered into a Construction Manager at Risk contract with the City in December.

The RPR will act as a liaison between the other team members and the City of Sugar Land. In addition the RPR will be involved in the construction schedule, design, project budget and bidding negotiations.

“The RPR will sit in the middle and will have conversations with everyone”, said Chris Steubing, City Engineer.

Councilwoman Amy Mitchell asked why the Performing Arts Center needs an RPR when other city projects don’t.

“When you get into the audience chamber, the acoustical side of it and the AV components, we need a certain level of expertise to make sure we are making the right decisions”, Steubing said.

The Projects Group is currently working with ACE Theatrical on a theater project in Brooklyn.

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