RED OAK – Construction is moving forward on several infrastructure improvement projects in the city of Red Oak.

“On the water and waste water side we had a project called the State Highway 342, which is an 8-inch waste water line project,” city director of public works Charles Brewer said. “This project is primarily designed to provide sewage collection to properties on the east side of SH 342, south of Ovilla Road. There are some existing businesses up there now along with large tracts of vacant land.”

Brewer said the council approved the project May 9, with the bid awarded to Denton, Texas-based Wilson Contractor Services LLC at a low bid price of $190, 652.50. The project began June 13 and is scheduled to be completed in 120 calendar days.

The 2010 $1.79 million construction bond is funding several building repair projects, including improvements to the police/fire station on Methodist Street overseen by general contractor Core Construction.

The fire department’s training room will be expanded to serve from 50-60 people, with improvements also made to create more storage space and a laundry room.

The police department will remodel its existing jail cells to increase capacity to 12 inmates; the property evidence room will be doubled in size with an evidence processing room added. The old court area will be converted into a small conference/interview room and a new detective area. In the building’s foyer, public access will be created to an existing restroom. The building also will receive a new roof.

The total cost of the project is $529,617, with work expected to be completed by January.

Bond funds also will be utilized to pay for roof repairs to the public works building and city hall. These projects have not yet been placed out to bid.

The 2010 construction bond fund will also pay for $1,057,178 worth of street reconstruction projects.

Peach Tree Construction out of Keller completed the asphalt reconstruction of 15 streets, Brewer said, saying work on the project began July 5 and is awaiting inspection by the city.

The city has contracted with county Pcts. 1 and 4 to reconstruct several roads using the chip and seal method, which is a combination of asphalt and rock into layers that are then sealed with an oil emulsion to form a road surface.

Crews from Pct. 4 have completed their work on Lowrance Road, which runs behind the new Red Oak High School. The crews will also work on Shawnee Road, Fawn Ridge Drive, Beaver Creek Drive, Fox Grove Road and Deer Creek Drive.

Pct. 1 crews are chip/sealing Stainback Court, Crump Circle, Tom Driver Road, parts of Stainback Road and Pratt Road From Stainback to Ovilla Road.

Ronco Excavation is completing the concrete road reconstruction work.

Brewer said Ronco will replace sections that have structurally failed and broken up on Live Oak Road, Blue Bird Lane, West Red Oak Road, Hawk Street and Sharaf Avenue.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1451.