The city of Port Lavaca’s Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan was approved as part of the fiscal year 2022 budget and contains over $1 million in new projects.
The plan also carries over from last year, as the focus of the new plan is to complete projects that have started, according to interim City Manager Jody Weaver.
“The focus of this year’s budget is maintenance. With the recovery from Hurricane Harvey and the many repair/reconstruction projects almost complete, the city is focusing this year on the maintenance of our existing infrastructure, which may have suffered while recovery efforts were prioritized over the past four years,” said Weaver. “Although the focus is on maintenance, we are still planning some capital improvement projects in addition to those still underway from the 2020-21 budget.”
The Lighthouse Beach Fishing Pier is expected to be substantially complete in mid-September, according to Weaver.
The city is providing two shade structures on the D head at the end of the pier as part of this project. The design and delivery of the materials for the shade structure have been delayed and most likely will be completed in late October.
In May, the city approved adding demolition of the old causeway pier to the project. Russell Marine is undertaking both projects.
The city has Butterfly Park, a pocket park in Brookhollow Estates; Lighthouse Beach Park; Bayfront Peninsula Park; Faye Bauer Sterling Park; George Adams Park; City Park on Tilley St.; and the Wilson Sports Complex.
The one-mile walking trail around Bayfront Peninsula Park is to be completed this year with additional plans for improvements such as the park entrance and a shade structure for the splash pad tentatively scheduled for FY 2022-23, noted Weaver.
The walking trail is funded in part with a $200,000 Texas Parks & Wildlife Trails grant. The project will provide a 10’ wide concrete multi-use patch for pedestrians and bicycles along the waterside of the road to the Veteran’s Memorial, then crossing in front of the Memorial and then along the wetlands bulkhead and back around to the entrance road, explained Weaver.
Plans for both the completed Phase I and upcoming Phase II projects can be found on the projects page of the city’s online transparency center. The link is on the front page of the city’s website, said Weaver.
The skate park to be constructed at Wilson Sports Complex is nearing completion of the final design, with construction expected to start later this fall, noted Weaver.
Other park improvements in the five-year plan include new benches at City Park; improvements along with a shade structure for Butterfly Park; enhancements to George Adams Park as well as City Park; bench shade structures at the parks; and the purchase of a half-ton pickup.
This year’s Street Department plan includes the installation of an additional drainage pipe to improve drainage of the Alamo Heights Subdivision at Fifth Street. This is the first step before performing more street and drainage improvement projects in this neighborhood, said Weaver.
Another big construction project is Ezzell Street, which was slowed by the rains earlier this year. The road will be completely reconstructed from Oren Street to Main Street with a five-foot sidewalk behind the curb on the west side, new waterlines, and a new sewer main, according to Weaver.
Street rehabilitation on Independence Drive was added to the five-year plan.
Weaver said Street rehabilitation generally means full street reconstruction, including drainage.
Work on Independence Drive includes two lanes with underground drainage and an improved ditch to State Highway 35 as well as sidewalks.
Other road improvements in the five-year plan include Mildred Street; George Street from Virginia to Commerce streets with sidewalks; Fifth Street from Jackson to Algee streets with sidewalks; Third Street from Jackson to Algee with sidewalks; Leon Street from Seadrift to Alcoa streets with sidewalks; Jackson Street from Alcoa to Fifth streets with sidewalks; and Justice Street from Seadrift to Alcoa streets with sidewalks.
Sidewalk projects are also part of the five-year plan. The complete sidewalk plan is available online.
“We have a working sidewalk plan that you can view on our Comprehensive Plan page of the city’s website. Viewing the overall plan can help you see how the sidewalks will ultimately connect to provide greater pedestrian access around the city,” said Weaver.
Also in the plan is fencing along LaSalle Street, Christmas décor, Corporation Ditch rehabilitation from Austin Street to FM 1090, and purchase of a dump truck, front-end loader, and asphalt-paving machine for large point repair patches and striping.
The Southern Pacific Depot has become the site of the Market Days event, which is every third Saturday of the month.
To enhance the area, several projects were included in the Five-Year Capital Improvements Plan. These include new siding, paint and window trim, parking improvements, sidewalk improvements, as well as an ADA-accessible bathroom.
Other projects include repair of the upper dock at City Harbor; demolishing an old building at Fulton/Harbor and grading and seeding it; shoreline protection at the Harbor of Refuge tracts 16, 17, and 17A; a lift station for Independence Road; a new gateway sign and landscaping on State Highway 35 and the junction of U.S. Highway 87 and the causeway; adding a walk and handrail to the bulkhead at Scully’s Restaurant, which is part of the future boardwalk; repairs to the City Hall, which used to be the old fire station; façade grants; and crosswalk enhancements at Main and Commerce streets.
Several infrastructure projects were included in the five-year plan. These include:
• Lift station upgrades include Brooks, Clegg, DeShazor, LHB, Ann, Alamo Heights, Bay Blardone, Brookhollow, Main, Martinez, Bayfront, Loop 1090, Hill Terrace, and Shellfish.
• Sewer replacement includes Ezell, -, Charlotte, Tommy, and Oren Streets.
• Work on the Brookhollow sewer along Lynn’s Bayou.