A major Sherman street project may be more expensive than initially estimated. Sherman city staff plan to present a change order to the City Council Tuesday night for the West Travis project that is expected to increase the price tag by about $209,000.


The project, which will connect the U.S. Highway 75 service road to FM 1417, is expected to be one of the major connectors leading to the new Sherman High School when it opens later this fall.


The change order to the contract with Lynn Vessels Construction relates to the second and third phases of the project, which makes up the interior portion of the route between the two major roadways. Phases one and two, which will make up the termini at FM 1417 and U.S. 75, have already been completed.


The change order relates to a new retaining wall that will be required just east of Northgate Drive. Meeting documents state that the retaining wall is required by Enterprise Texas Pipeline, who own a high-pressure gas line just south of the right of way.


The wall will remove the need for additional fill within the easement. This will bring the total cost of the project to approximately $4.98 million.


The change order will also see an upgrade from hydromulching to sod within the right of way. This will ensure that vegetation is established by the time SHS opens in late August.


The council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Sherman City Hall.


Other items that will be discussed include:


1. “Wags and Whiskers”


The council will receive an update from the 2020 Sherman Leadership Team on its “Wags and Whiskers” class project. The class has raised nearly $10,000 in funding for improvements to the Sherman Animal Shelter. The discussion will be led by council member Sandra Melton, who is a member of the 2020 class.


2. Treatment plant water line project


The council will also consider a nearly $149,000 contract with Freeman-Millican for the design of the first phase of the Sherman water treatment plant concentrate water line project. The project, once fully developed, will see the city build a nearly 13-mile water line from Sherman to the Red River, just downstream of the Denison Dam. This will allow the city to dispose of concentrate from the treatment plant.


The first phase of this project will see the concentrate instead discharged into an existing sanitary sewer.