BELTON — The old, clay sewer line near Old Waco Road is now set to be replaced.
The Belton City Council — in a 6-0 decision on Tuesday, with Councilman Craig Pearson absent — selected Killeen-based McLean Construction to work on the nearly $1.1 million project.
“The sewer line is aging, and it has actually collapsed in some parts,” Public Works Director Angellia Points said. “There are a lot of backups that residents experienced.”
The project, designed by Temple-based KPA Engineers, will replace the sewer lines along Old Waco Road. Because that road is maintained by the Texas Department of Transportation, Belton plans to replace the lines under its streets.
The sewer improvements will begin on North Blair Street then follow East Seventh Avenue. For the lines along Old Waco Road, Belton acquired easements on residents’ properties.
Sewer lines on Eight and Ninth avenues also will be improved.
“The project was designed to install all of these sewer lines and reconnect all of the service lines and then repave the roads when we’re done installing the sewer lines,” Points said, adding that property owners donated 14 easements for this project.
Mayor Marion Grayson thanked Points for walking door-to-door and talking to residents.
“The neighborhood is very excited for this,” she told the City Council. “I think they’re pretty tired of the backups — and we hear them. So we’re excited to get this going.”
City spokesman Paul Romer said construction is estimated to begin in the fall.
The $1.1 million price tag for the Old Waco Road sewer improvements is significantly larger than the city’s initial estimate of $572,150. The cost increased, Romer previously told the Telegram, because of the need to work around the TxDOT-maintained road.
McLean Construction is a company that has worked on Belton projects in the past. Most recently, the company constructed the first phase of the South Belton sewer project, which cost about $2.5 million.