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January 31st, 2011
Drainage project on Castle Creek Drive intended to prevent flooding

New, larger box culverts will be installed to replace this older concrete drainage pipe system on Castle Creek Drive. Construction begins Feb. 7.


City crews are about to begin work on installation of new culverts on Castle Creek Drive that are intended to prevent flooding in the surrounding residential neighborhood.

The project, which begins Feb. 7, will replace three existing concrete pipes with larger reinforced box culverts between Lisa Lane and Nevada Street. The new box culverts will accommodate greater water flow and improve the flood zone along the creek.

“We completed the initial enhancements along the creek channel in 2008 to improve flooding conditions and reduce erosion,’ said Jennifer Shell, the city’s interim director of capital improvements. “The current project represents the final segment of Castle Creek drainage improvements recommended in the drainage study conducted by LAN, Inc.”

The water line servicing homes on Castle Creek Drive is scheduled to be shut off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8 in preparation for construction activity. Crews will be in the neighborhood, Friday, Feb. 4 to distribute project fliers and Boil Water Notices to affected residents.

Boil water notices are a precautionary measure and are distributed when a water main experiences a lack of pressure for an extended period. Water samples will be taken on Feb. 8 after water service is turned back on and safe to drink test results are anticipated within 24 hours.

Castle Creek Drive will be closed to through traffic during the project but residents should experience minimal travel disruption due to work zone location. Access to all driveways and mailboxes will be maintained during construction.

Smith Contracting Co. Inc. of Austin was awarded the $189,316 construction contract with engineering design provided by KBR Services Inc. of Austin. Project management is being coordinated by Capital Improvements staff with project completion scheduled for April 2011.

For more information on this project, please call the Capital Improvements Department at 512-393-8130 or email

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