City's Disaster Recovery Grant
Projects Move Forward
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2010
On Thursday, August 12, 2010, the City received notification that
authorization for project engineering has been issued by the Texas
Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA). TDRA is the lead state agency for
the distribution of federal disaster recovery funds from the Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
On August 2, TRDA executed a contract with the City of Shoreacres making
available to the City for five specific disaster recovery projects.
Those five projects will rehabilitate the City's water system
facilities; rehabilitate waste water pumping stations; improve (repave
with concrete) certain streets; improve flood and drainage facilities
(ditches and culverts); and, construct a new
building. A general description of each project can be found in contract
Exhibit A. The distribution of grant funds, by project category, can
be found in contract
Cobb, Fendley, & Associates has been
designated as the City's project engineering firm.
The TDRA contract includes a 'Project Implementation Schedule' that
indicates preliminary engineering is to be complete in November and that
bidding award of construction contracts could be as soon as February
2011. The schedule anticipates construction to start in May 2011.
Driveway Requirements Revised
Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010
On Monday, August 9, 2010, City Council adopted
[City Code Sec. 54-41]
revising the construction specifications for driveways in the city. The
updated requirements allow the use of pervious surfacing materials and
require connections to city streets to be concrete.
driveway approaches (that portion from the road surface to the property
line within the street right-of-way) shall be concrete. The approach
shall be reinforced with a minimum of one-half inch re-bar 24 inches on
center each way and have a minimum of six inches of concrete in slab.
used for parking, vehicle access and maneuvering of vehicles shall have
durable and dustless surfaces composed of one of the following:
(a) Concrete driveways shall
be three-eighths inch (#3) re-bar 16 inches on center each way or
one-half inch (#4) re-bar 24 inches on center each way or #10 wire 6
inch by 6 inch mesh and have a minimum of four inches of concrete in
(b) Asphalt driveways shall
contain a built-up driveway of compacted limestone or similar material
compacted covered with a minimum of two inches of rolled asphalt.
(c) Expansion joints shall be
placed at all property line crossings.
(d) Pervious driveways using
pervious surfacing materials such as porous pavement, permeable joint
pavers, porous paver blocks, turf blocks, reinforced turf, permeable
structured grass, or similar materials, subject to review and approval
by the Board of Adjustment. Rock, gravel, crushed concrete, crushed
rock, crushed shell, or similar loose materials shall not be used unless
part of an engineered grid system where the grid is the structural
portion of the driveway and used only for filler or drainage purposes.
Engineered plans for pervious surfacing materials used in lieu of
asphalt or concrete shall be based on the following:
(1) The pervious surfacing material
shall have similar structural characteristics to asphalt or concrete,
and shall be capable of withstanding the normal wear and tear associated
with the parking and maneuvering of vehicles.
(2) Drainage shall not adversely
affect the public right-of-way or adjacent properties.
(3) The pervious surfacing material
shall be maintained throughout its use so that it continues to function
as originally approved by the Board of Adjustment.
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