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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 $5,566,470.00 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 police 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 Exhibit B.

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 Ordinance 2010-68 [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.

All 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.

All areas 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 slab.

(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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