Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 11, 2013

Under Construction: The '2013 Cherry Street Drainage Improvement Project' begins in earnest

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — Jacksonville's “2013 Cherry Street Drainage Improvement Project” officially kicked off last week — and is expected to go along way toward improving the area around Cherry and Lawrence Streets, officials said.

“This area has had bad drainage problems for years that we are trying to address,” explained Public Works Director Will Cole.

The project work is expected to continue over the next month and a half or so, City Manager Mo Raissi said.

Friday's inaugural task for the project — also known as Texas Community Development Block Grant Project Number 712149 — was clearing brush out of the area to make way for surveyors. In turn, they will assess this area, establish grade, and determine how deep ditches need to be so that concrete can be poured and pipe placed down, officials said.

Eight employees fulfilling different functions will take care of the work.

Ultimately, over $300,000 in CDBG grant money-assisted improvements will be made.This is the third grant project in six years but the only one not involving sewer, Cole and Raissi have said.

The General Contractor for the drainage project is Capps-Capco Construction out of Tyler.  The Engineer is Johnson & Pace Incorporated of Tyler.