With one project complete, Buda continues to provide updates on its 2014 bond package

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During the November 2014 election, Buda voters approved five bond packages equaling up to $55 million. On Dec. 12, the city of Buda sent out updates for the 2014 bond package. As of December 2017, all projects are in progress except for Proposition 2, the construction of the new public safety building for the Buda Police Department, which is complete.

Proposition 1 – Municipal Complex

The proposition 1 bond funded the construction of the future municipal complex that will house the new city hall, public library and the Buda Economic Development Corporation.

Construction Timeline: Feb. 2017-April 2018
Cost: $24.9 million
Status: Final touches are in the works. As of Dec. 5., the pedestrian bridge, parking lot, interior and exterior trim, millwork, landscaping and the last 5 percent of the glass and glazing work need to be completed.

Proposition 2 – Public Safety Building

The proposition 2 bond funded the construction of the 14,420 square-foot building that is now the new home of the Buda Police Department. The building features a gated enclosure for office parking and has two exit routes leading to Main Street. The building also houses a community meeting room for public meetings and interdepartmental training.

Construction Timeline: Jan. 2017-Nov. 2017
Cost: $6.75 million
Status: Complete

Proposition 3 – Streets

Proposition 3 focused on four on Buda’s most problematic roads to improve traffic flow, pedestrian walkways and road safety.

Construction Timeline:
Old Goforth Road: Feb 2017-Oct. 2018
San Antonio Street: Feb. 2017-May 2018
Main Street at RM 967 intersection: Feb. 2017-Oct. 2018
Main Street from Bradfield to Railroad Street: Feb. 2017-Nov. 2018

Cost: $12.25 million

Status
Old Goforth Road: The project design is 95 percent complete. Negotiation of utility relocation agreement with Goforth Special Utility District and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority for joint bid of utility work and roadway construction is almost done. However, letting was delayed due to Pedernales Electric Cooperative relocating due to recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

San Antonio Street: The project design is 95 percent complete. Discussion is still occurring with city staff on the project. The project is currently delayed to create a more cohesive result.

Main Street at RM 967 intersection: The project design is 95 percent complete. Discussion is still occurring with city staff on the project. Because a TxDOT Advanced Funding Agreement is required, changes in TxDOT’s processes and a project backlog has resulted in delays.

Main Street from Bradfield to Railroad Street: The project design is 90 percent complete. Construction on Main Street projects will start after major work activities and delivery of large and heavy items have occurred to prevent damage to the new roadway.

Proposition 4 – Drainage

Six projects were selected by the Buda Bond Advisory Committee to be included in the 2014 Drainage Plan. After the drainage projects are complete, the city should see a reduction of residential and commercial flooding and water elections rising over roadways in Buda.

Construction Timeline: Jan. 2017-Nov. 2017
Bluff Street Area, Buda Fire Station Area and West Goforth Road Area (project 1): June 2018-June 2019

Houston Street Area (project 2): Feb. 2017-Nov. 2018

Oxbow Neighborhood Area (project 3): March-Dec. 2018

Lifschutz Headwaters Area (project 4): N/A

Cost: $7 million

Status
Bluff Street Area, Buda Fire Station Area and West Goforth Road Area (project 1): The project design is 60 percent complete, and utility coordination has started.

Houston Street Area (project 2): Invitations for bids are under final review. Two easements acquisitions are on progress, and utility coordination is ongoing.

Oxbow Neighborhood Area (project 3): Invitations for bids draft is under review. 17 proposed easements acquisitions are on progress, and utility coordination is in progress.

Lifschutz Headwaters Area (project 4): The administrative process has been started.

Proposition 5 – Parks and Trails

Construction Timeline: Feb. 2018-Nov. 2017
Cost: $8 million
Status: Construction documents need to be drafted along with sending out an invitation for bids before starting construction.

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Starlight Williams
Starlight Williams joined Community Impact Newspaper July 2017 after graduating Loyola University New Orleans. She now spends her time covering city government, education and business news in the Buda and Kyle area.
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