The City of Justin received approval for up to $12 million of subsidized loans to replace water lines from the Texas Water Development Board’s SWIFT program. This was a competitive application process completed in late 2017 and the first phase was awarded to the contractor, JRB Pipeline, for just over $1 million in late 2018.
The first distribution of funds includes approximately $2 million in funding, and by utilizing this program, the City will save approximately $400,000 over the course of the loan due to the generous subsidy from the TWDB. The first phase is almost complete and included the replacement of water lines in sections of 7th Street, 5th Street, Jackson, Topeka, and Sealy. The second phase will be released for bids soon with construction expected to commence later this year.
Street Improvement Plan
The City of Justin has contracted with Pacheco Koch to develop a SIP Street Improvement Plan. This is to evaluate the conditions of existing streets and make recommendations for repair and maintenance. The SIP will occur from April 2019-April 2023. The funding for the SIP comes from the half cent sales tax passed by the City of Justin residents via referendum in November 2018. Types of projects within the SIP include seal coats, overlays, and total reconstruction of the roadway.
The project covers 4.2 miles from North of the SH 114/ FM 156 interchange to 12th street in Justin. The project will widen FM 156 from a 2-lane rural road to 4 lane divided urban cross section highway with additional parking for the downtown area. Construction started in early 2017 with an expected completion within 30 months. FM 156 is a very busy highway with an average daily traffic count of 10,000 vehicles, and incoming development is only expected to increase the traffic count more. In order to keep traffic moving, the city is working closely with TxDOT and other entities to ensure that traffic flow remains steady, and access is maintained to restaurants and businesses at all times.
The estimated project completion date is early 2020.
Downtown Parking Project
With the FM 156 lanes being realigned further to the east toward the railroad, has allowed for an expanded downtown parking area. We expect an additional 200 spaces when the project is complete. This project is an estimated $1.6 million and the Economic Development Board (Type A) contributed $600,000 to this project. The city will go for bids in the near future and will expect completion by the end of 2020. The city is also partnering with Denton County for landscape planning all along the entire stretch of the new roadway. The city has submitted an application for consideration through the green ribbon project this year.