Brownwood council may OK bid for Fisk Street project

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
A vehicle travels north on Fisk last month afternoon after passing through the Fisk and Austin Avenue intersection. Brownwood City Council members will consider awarding a bid Tuesday for the rebuilding of Fisk.

Brownwood City Council members will consider awarding a bid Tuesday of just under $1.27 million to Prater Equipment of Comanche for the reconstruction of Fisk Street in downtown Brownwood.

Prater submitted the lowest of two bids received, according to an agenda item briefing sheet.

The Fisk Street project will be 4,030 feet in length and 40 feet in width, between Austin Avenue and Main Street. The traffic signals at Adams, Baker and South Broadway will be upgraded to comply with ADA standards, and there will be additional curb ramps and upgrades to sections of sidewalks at the intersections and driveways to comply with ADA.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-April, and letters will be given to affected property owners in advance of road closures to help them plan and notify customers.

The project will be funded through the Certificates of Obligation sold in 2012. The Certificates of Obligation contained funds for several improvements including street repair.

Council members were given details at an earlier council meeting including:

• Construction will be in sections of two or three blocks at a time, except for the milling of the top surface, which will be done all at once. 

• The entire project may take 12 months, but each block should not be closed to traffic for more than a week at a time. Parking will remain available on side streets.

• Demolition and construction of the 87 ADA ramps at intersections will take the most time.

• The three traffic signals at Adams, Baker and South Broadway will be upgraded to comply with ADA standards.

• There will be additions and upgrades to sections of sidewalks at the intersections to comply with ADA.

• There will be no changes to existing street lighting.

The road will be excavated about one foot along the curb and more along the center (depending on the depth of the material at the center of the street) except for the section between North Broadway and Adams Branch, which has already been rebuilt by the Street Department.

• Material will be used to rebuild the road that will allow traffic to be on the road faster and reduce or eliminate dust issues.

The council meets at 9 a.m.

In other business Tuesday, council members will:

• Consider approving a resolution for a Texas Department of Transportation Aviation grant for a business development and land use plan for the Brownwood Regional Airport.

• Consider approving the expenditure of up to $18,000 from reserves to replace two 20-ton compressors for the HVAC system at City Hall.

• Consider ratifying Brownwood Economic Development Corp. action to fund a potential project for a new manufacturing project owned by the Brownwood Industrial Foundation.

Also at Tuesday's council meeting, council members will hear reports that give updates on the new central fire station and soccer complex, as well as reports on the Biggert-Waters flood insurance act and Stage III water restrictions.