Street work was a major theme at Monday’s Sherman City Council meeting, as the council took steps forward on three projects that will impact motorists in the coming months.

Street work was a major theme at Monday’s Sherman City Council meeting, as the council took steps forward on three projects that will impact motorists in the coming months.

The first item was the decision to close Bordeaux Street at its intersection with Loy Lake Road and turn the street into a cul-de-sac. The decision was made because of the high volume of traffic the roadway receives from drivers turning off of Gallagher Drive to avoid the traffic light at Loy Lake Road.

"During the design of Loy Lake Road, we were looking for opportunities to reduce the number of entrances onto the roadway and this is one of the opportunities we recognized," Clay Barnett, director of public works and engineering, said. "Bordeaux Street is currently a cut-through, folks make a right on Bordeaux Street (from Gallagher Drive) in order to avoid the light."

Barnett said the city contacted property owners on Bordeaux Street to ask whether they would like to have the roadway closed and more than 60 percent of them signed the petition to close the roadway.

"And one of the property owners dedicated enough right-of-way to install a cul-de-sac down there," Barnett said.

A public hearing was then held on the city’s intention to close the street and abandon the right-of-way, but no one from the public came forward to speak.

Seasons West Avenue closure

The council also took the next step in its plan to close Seasons West Avenue to through traffic. The decision to close the roadway was made in January at the request of residents because of excessive speeding on and damage to the street since it was connected to The Preserve subdivision. The council said Seasons West Avenue would be closed once the neighboring street, Swan Ridge Drive, is completed to Highway 56.

During Monday’s meeting, the council approved a contract with McManus & Johnson Consulting Engineers for the engineering design of Swan Ridge Drive.

"This engineering contract is the first step in getting Swan Ridge designed and constructed," Barnett said.

Barnett said the engineers will move quickly to design the right-of-way, but construction won’t begin until after the project is put out for bids in October.

"Engineering is a several months process," City Manager Robby Hefton said. "The engineering’s going to be just a fraction of the cost of construction."

The city is paying $78,000 for the engineering design of Swan Ridge Drive. Days after the decision was made in January to ultimately close Seasons West Avenue, the city installed several speed bumps on the road as speeding deterrents.

Travis Street improvements

The third street project addressed by the council was approving an advance funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation for project management of the design of Travis Street (FM 131) from FM 691 south to U.S. Highway 75.

Over the next five years, Travis Street is slated to see more than $9.4 million of improvements as part of an effort to widen the existing roadway. Sherman will be providing supervision of engineering studies to be done for the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization, thanks to a memorandum of understanding executed by the council last year.

"This is a discussion we’ve had going with the MPO for quite some time," Barnett said. "Back in October 2015, the city council voted on a memorandum of understanding with the MPO to render design management services on their behalf. At that time, the MOU (memorandum of understanding) did not specify the reimbursement agreement. We decided we would do that with an AFA (advance funding agreement) for each project. This is the first AFA (advance funding agreement) for that design process"

The SDMPO Policy Board allocated $1.5 million for the engineering studies, but Texas requires licensed engineers to supervise all public works projects in the state. Since the SDMPO doesn’t employ a licensed engineer, the city will be providing that service. SDMPO is working to get the design and construction oversight expedited to take advantage of projects that can be funded through the recent state passage of Proposition 7 last year and Proposition 1 in November of 2014.

Wastewater Treatment Plant change order

During Monday’s meeting, the council also approved a change order for the construction of the Sherman Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks Lift Station replacement. The change order reduces the contract price by $38,906 and specifies the type of lighting to be used for the inside of the building and the outside flood lighting. Additionally, the witnessing of the pump tests has been deleted from the contract and an additional piping bend will be required due to existing underground piping. The revised amount for the contract is $4,577,339.94.