By KERRY CRAIG
The city of Sulphur Springs will mark the start of 2015 with the initation of two major construction projects Monday.
City Manager Marc Maxwell said one project would involve a complete teard down and rebuild of Lamar Street.
“We will replace sewer and water, curb and gutter, asphalt and even some drainage,” Maxwell said. “This is nearly a half-mile project, from College Street to Beckham at a cost of some $766,000.”
Lamar is just one of many streets in the city that is in need of major work, and the city manager said another major project in already planned.
“Bill Bradford Road is also on the Capital Improvement Plan,” he said. “That's going to be a 3,500-foot project at a cost of $1.4 million. It's probably a year to a year-and-a-half away.”
The second major project for the start of the New Year will be a major water line project along FM 2285.
“We're replacing 14,000 feet of six- and eight-inch water main with a new 12-inch line,” Maxwell said. “This is a very problematic water line — it's been the source of many, many water leaks.
“We had one [leak] that broke under a man's house one time and filled up his house with water in a matter of seconds,” the city manager continued. “He had water pouring out his living room windows.”
The water line project will extend along FM 2285 past the Lake Sulphur Springs dam.
“This is the line that serves all of North Hopkins Water Supply Corporation,” Maxwell said. “This gets us out to the meter. This is our line that we keep having problems with. This should help provide more water to North Hopkins Water Supply Corporation and drastically reduce the number of water main ruptures that we repair.”
The cost of the water line project will be about $862,000.