Sherman is seeking proposals for a new sewer line that will serve upcoming growth on the city's west side. The line, which is expected to cost about $1.5 million, will serve major projects for the city, including its new high school and a more than 600-acre mixed-use development.
“This is the first phase of a sewer main that will eventually service the new Sherman High School,” Sherman Community and Support Services Manager Nate Strauch said. “This first phase will extend south from (FM) 1417 to a gravity-fed sewer line already existing on Flanary Road.”
The second phase of the project will run north from FM 1417 to West Travis Street and the high school site, connecting it to the city's network. In total, the project will see about 7,200 linear feet of sewer line added to the network.
The sewer line will not only provide service for the high school, but also the nearby 600-acre Village development. The development, which was approved for planned development zoning earlier this month, will feature more than 2,300 residential units with a mixture of both single and multi-family dwellings.
Other features will include green space, parks and more than 1.9 million square-feet of office and retail space in the development's employment zone.
The city estimates that the first phase will cost about $800,000 to build once bids are received. The second phase is estimated to cost about $700,000 for a total cost of about $1.5 million for the complete project, Strauch said.
In late September, officials with the Sherman Independent School District said that the new Sherman High School is currently on schedule to open by August 2020. However, the project has seen extensive delays due to the rain and poor weather. The district is considering opening in late August as a way of allowing more time to transition into the new facility.