Streets, parks projects set to wrap in Pflugerville

The Weiss Lane improvements project is on track to finish in May, according to Pflugerville city officials.

The Weiss Lane improvements project is on track to finish in May, according to Pflugerville city officials.

Several transportation and parks projects are close to officially complete in the coming weeks and months, according to Pflugerville city officials.

The city’s Stone Hill Park construction, Gilleland Creek Pool renovations and Pfluger Park playground renovations are all effectively complete, Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Director James Hemenes told Pflugerville City Council at a Jan. 22 work session.

“[Stone Hill Park] is a great project that seems like it took forever to finish, but people are enjoying it and loving it, and the dogs are having a great time,” Hemenes said.

Drivers in Pflugerville can expect to see work officially wrap on three transportation projects in the coming months as well. Crews are expected to finish work on the East Pflugerville Parkway widening, Railroad Avenue pavement rehabilitation project and street rehabilitations included in the city's 2018 Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG.

Those roadways include Mill Creek Road, Green Meadows Lane and El Malino Drive.

Additionally, construction on the Weiss Lane improvements project is tracking to complete in May, according to Pflugerville City Engineer Amy Giannini.

The Pflugerville Animal Shelter expansion, a $2 million project approved in 2017, is undergoing final paving. Giannini told council members shelter staff expect to begin moving animals into the shelter soon.

Hemenes told council the Senior Center expansion in the Pflugerville Recreation Center is wrapping up. The construction work will double the size of the Senior Center and is expected to complete sometime this spring, according to Hemenes.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Several city projects are either currently out to bid or are scheduled to go out to bid in the coming month, according to Giannini.

On Jan. 22, Council approved a $1.62 million bid for the Pfennig Lane widening project, a project funded by voter-approved 2014 bond funds. According to city documents, the bid is approximately $400,000 less than the engineer's estimate. The contractor awarded the bid on the project worked on the city's CDBG project and finished the project on time and on budget. Construction on the Pfennig Lane widening project is scheduled to begin in February.

A bid is also out for the Wilbarger Creek Park project, which was previously master planned as part of the city's Trails Master Plan and Undeveloped Parks Study in 2014, according to the city of Pflugerville's website.

The identified park area is set to be located along the Wilbarger Creek north of Great Basin Road.

Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales announced during the Jan. 22 Pflugerville City Council meeting both Giannini and Hemenes are leaving their positions with the city. Per Gonzales, Giannini has served the city of Pflugerville for five years, and Hemenes has served with the city of Pflugerville for eight years.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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