The city of Robinson is set to spend $1.2 million addressing drainage and street problems on several of its roads, part of a master plan for maintenance and repairs.
The city council agreed Tuesday to bid out projects for Hillview Drive, McLendon Drive, Lou Drive, Beard Avenue and Bunker Drive.
The estimated cost is higher than initially anticipated. A survey of the project area uncovered additional issues related to right of way and drainage, said Clark Gauer, Walker Partners client manager. Robinson has worked with Walker Partners to create a comprehensive street program for maintenance and repairs on the city’s 80.1 miles of roads.
The project was also delayed as city staff waited on utility relocations by Atmos, AT&T and Oncor. About the time of their work was starting, the companies diverted resources to the coast to rebuild systems destroyed by hurricanes, City Manager Craig Lemin said.
“We’ve been working on this for quite some time,” Lemin said. “There’s significantly more drainage work than we anticipated, and that’s pushing the cost of the program up.”
Work on the five streets, including the utility work already done, will cost more than $1.76 million. Original cost estimates were for $858,500.
Hillview Drive runs along the eastern edge of its right of way, which left no space for drainage improvements. The entire street will be shifted west to the center of its right of way to allow for adequate drainage on both sides, Gauer said.
Along McLendon Drive, multiple residential driveways do not allow water to drain properly, which leads to standing water on the street and quicker deterioration, he said. The street improvements must be done right or existing problems will persist and new problems will arise, Gauer said.
“I think it was mentioned at one council meeting before, that when one of you sister cities did a job earlier this year, at the conclusion of that project, rain came and water was standing everywhere, and residents did not look at that kindly,” Gauer said. “We did not want to put us in that same predicament where we reclaimed a road but still had standing water.”
Lemin said the projects going out for bid will handle routine storms.
“This won’t handle multiple inches of rain in a short time period,” he said. “The real bad storm, we’d need a whole lot more zeros after the numbers to put in something to handle the big storms.”
Street work done in past years was not done to allow for proper drainage, so multiple roads have had gravel wash away, defeating the original work, Lemin said.