A repair project to fix a broken water line underneath Tamina Road in the city of Shenandoah will close the intersection of the highly traveled road at the Interstate 45 north frontage road for two nights in late July.
According to a staff report on the issue which was included with the meeting agenda, “a water valve has been slowly leaking at the intersection of (I-45) and Tamina Road. The leak began after the valve was closed to complete a water line repair near the Southwood Tower.”
Joseph Peart, the Shenandoah Public Works director, told the three council members and Mayor Ritch Wheeler that the project was tentatively expected to begin July 29, with the intersection of Tamina Road at the I-45 frontage road being closed beginning at 8 p.m. and remaining completely closed until about 6 a.m. July 30. The repairs will continue a second night, July 30, also from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. on July 31.
“We are trying to start it on a Monday,” Peart told council members and those in the audience. “There will be a detour, we have to shutdown the northbound (frontage road) lanes at I-45 and Tamina (Road.)”
On Friday, Shenandoah communications director Debbie Pilcher said the start date of the project is still not finalized, noting that the July 29-30 is the hoped for date but it is contingent on officials with the Texas Department of Transportation who will make the final decision on the closure.
The report also stated that city workers made multiple attempts to stop the leak but were not successful. The initial price estimate for the repairs is slightly less than $30,000, but Peart asked the council to also consider possible extra funding of up to $50,000 if a worst case scenario occurs and the damage workers discover is more extensive than believed.
The detour for the closure is as follows, Pilcher said: drivers who are planning on traveling north on the I-45 frontage road will be required to drive east on Tamina to David Memorial Drive, where they will turn left (north) and continue until they arrive at either Ed English Drive or Shenandoah Park Drive, both of which will lead motorists westward back to the I-45 frontage road.
Peart said numerous warning signs will be placed around the immediate area of the frontage road intersection with Tamina Road at least seven days before the start of the project, notifying drivers of the closures and how to use the detour.