The Abilene City Council approved a professional services contract for a 24-inch water line from the city’s Maple Street Pump Station to the Buffalo Gap Elevated Storage Tank at its regular meeting Thursday.
The resolution authorized a professional services contract with Jacob and Martin for the Loop 322 water line.
The project is part of the Water Distribution Master Plan for construction in Fiscal Year 2024 and is a continuation of improvements that began along Rebecca Lane and Dub Wright Boulevard.
The Loop 322 project will increase pipeline capacity in a critical area of the distribution system, enhancing the capacity to move large quantities of water east and west across the water distribution system’s second pressure plane.
The City has five pressure planes to assure consistent water pressure and distribution to the portions of the community each serves.
The second pressure plane serves areas of South Abilene.
“This has been on our Capital Improvement Projects planning schedule for quite some time,” said Rodney Taylor, Director of Water Utilities for the City. “We have recognized for several years a lack of sufficient capacity in our second pressure plane between these two critical points. This will resolve that issue and allow us to move water when we need to across that area.”
As approved by the Council, the contract’s value is not to exceed $550,000.
The agreement provides for right-of-way acquisition, design preparation plans and contract documents, bidding assistance, contract administration, project inspection and additional engineering services, including surveying, materials testing, and geotechnical services.
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