Several projects to improve the city’s roads, sidewalks, and infrastructure are in the works.
City staff presented an update on current Public Works and Engineering projects to the City Council at the Nov. 12 meeting.
Downtown Sidewalk Project
The Downtown Sidewalk Project aims to enhance Downtown Cleburne’s historic and walkable atmosphere with brick pavers, aesthetic crosswalks, and more. These changes will happening around the Johnson County Courthouse and down the Henderson and Chambers street corridors with plans to expanding the sidewalk upgrades as funding allows. The city plans to put the project out for bid in January 2020 and construction possibly starting in spring.
Downtown Sidewalk Ramps
Earlier this year, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) installed sidewalk ramps in the downtown district as part of its sidewalk work. The state plans to put in some measures to increase the visibility of these ramps at various intersections.
Chambers and North Robinson intersection
TxDOT plans to improve the stop sign and pavement markings at the Chambers and North Robinson intersection. A study showed traffic counts at this intersection did not warrant a signal but the state can upgrade the cross walk striping across Chambers and add a flashing light element and increase the size of the existing stop sign.
Henderson and Kilpatrick Sidewalk Project
Work continues on this state’s project to rebuild the sidewalks along Henderson and Kilpatrick.
Commercial Truck Route
The city is working with TxDOT to reduce truck traffic from Business 67 by establishing a truck route along Main Street. This would not affect trucks doing business in Cleburne but it would reduce vehicle congestion and noise pollution while increasing downtown’s vitality.
US 67 Speed Limit Study
The city is coordinating with TxDOT to make the speed limit along US 67 consistent. The state is currently performing a speed study.
Safe Routes to School Grant
The city has applied for a grant to install a mile of 5’ sidewalks on Country Club Road and Nolan River Road to connect existing neighborhoods with Gerard Elementary School and Smith Middle School. The city is currently awaiting funding.
East Side Drainage Study
Work continues on creating a study to better understand and recommend projects to improve drainage in East Cleburne. The contractor has completed surveying the area and is in the process of televising the existing drainage network.
FM4 Roadway Widening Project
TxDOT plans to widen FM4 from S. Main Street to east of FM3136, including curb and gutter and underground storm drain system. Construction is planned for 2023 but utility relocation will occur beforehand.
BNSF Railroad Expansion
BNSF Railway has informed the city it plans to add a new rail line on the west side of the railroad right-of-way at the end of 2019. The city will look at relocating utilities that may be in conflict with the expansion.
Sparks Drive Design
The city is working to expand Sparks Drive by 2,000 linear feet to connect from the Chisholm Trail eastward. The project is in its final design.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project
The Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion will increase the plant’s capacity by 40%. The final design is well underway with construction expected to begin in late 2020.
West Reuse Pipeline Project
A new pump station and pipeline will allow for an initial 2 million gallons per day of treated reuse water to be deposited back into Lake Pat Cleburne, expanding the city’s available raw water supply.
Water Utility System Analysis
Public Works staff is evaluating the water utility system on several levels, including pipe age and the time it takes to deliver the water to the end user. This information is useful in identifying the most effective reinvestment opportunities.
Clarifier Rehabilitation Project
Staff is updating the clarifier launder box at the water treatment plant for better overall plant capabilities and performance. The project construction started in October and is expected to be complete in April.
Street and Drainage Program
The Fiscal Year 2020 budget included the addition of a streets crew lead and an additional field technician. This will allow city staff to do more crack sealing, pothole repair, street sweeping, and drainage maintenance in house.
Initiation of Traffic Count Program
City staff has begun an annual traffic count program to monitor traffic flow in Cleburne. The benefits of counting traffic provide economic development support, ability quantify traffic flows, traffic and street planning, and trend analysis.
Boone and Chase
The Boone and Chase Drainage Pipe Project is in the bidding phase with construction expected in early 2020. The project will replace a section of aged infrastructure.
Watch the presentation below