The City of Austin’s
Austin Clean Water Program is going to go to construction this fall on a
wastewater improvement project called the Gaston/Bull Creek/W. 25th St.
Project. Most of the project is in the Pemberton Heights neighborhood, but as you can tell from the title, some of it is in the
Allandale area. As you may know, the Environmental Protection Agency has
mandated that Austin repair and replace all its aging wastewater lines in
priority areas by 2009 or face fines of $27,500 per sewer overflow per day.

I have included a description of the project below and attached a map
map. I wondered if you had time at your next meeting, which I
believe is on August 22, for us to give a 10 to 15 minute briefing? We also
plan to hold our own meeting for the neighborhood residents most impacted by
the project as well.

Thanks very much!

Crispin Ruiz
Austin Clean Water Program

Project description:

Project scope is installation of approximately 1,400 linear
feet of 8-inch wastewater pipe, 8 manholes, 40 wastewater services, and 10
private lateral relocations. The new
wastewater lines will be installed within street right-of-way on Bull Creek,
Finley, and Oakmont immediately north of 45th Street, and will connect to existing
wastewater manholes located at intersections of the named streets and 45th Street. These
manholes were constructed as a part of the 45th Street Reconstruction project that
was completed in 2006. The upcoming ACWP
construction will not impact traffic or damage new pavement on 45th Street. The contractor will store materials and
equipment at the open field owned by the State of Texas at the southeast corner of Bull Creek Road and
W. 45th Street.
This 0.4 acre staging area will be fenced off, and access will be off of Bull Creek Road
adjacent to 44th Street.

This project will allow the City to abandon an existing
6-inch line on Bull Creek and an existing 8-inch line located within an
easement on private property between Bull Creek and Chiappero. Both lines are concrete pipe installed in the
1940s and have extreme deterioration, with numerous locations where the pipe is
cracked or broken. Additionally, the
6-inch line is partially collapsed at its midpoint, and the 8-inch line has
root intrusions, missing pipe, and a collapsed service connection.