Athens Review, Athens, Texas

March 21, 2014

TRWD awards contract

First leg of pipeline to begin in April

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Tarrant Regional Water District board voted on Tuesday to award a contract to a Missouri company for a portion of the $2.3 billion Integrated Pipeline Project that will eventually bring water from area reservoirs to the district’s customers.

The $92.9 million bid of Garney Construction Company of Kansas City, Mo. for a 15.5 mile segment of the pipeline is the first awarded.

TRWD program director for the project, Wesley Cleveland, told the board on Tuesday that Garney’s bid beat the next lowest by about $6 million. He said he has worked with the company in the past, and considers them the most qualified for the job.

The vote on Tuesday was for construction of Section 15-1 of he pipeline, the middle section between  Cedar Creek Lake and Kennedale. Work is expected to begin in mid-April, and proceed for about 395 days.  

Brian Murnahan, spokesman for TRWD, said the Henderson County piece of the pipleline that hooks up at Cedar Creek Lake will get underway about 2018. Before that, work on the portion that crosses the Trinity River will begin. They’ll get to the phase that links Lake Palestine around the year 2025.

 The population of the Dallas-Fort Worth area has been estimated to  reach 13 million people by the year 2060, and the demand for water will intensify.

To prepare for the demand, TRWD entered an agreement with Dallas Water Utilities to build the 149-mile pipeline that will extend from Lake Palestine to Lake Benbrook, with connections to Cedar Creek Lake and Richland-Chambers Reservoirs included in the plan.

According to the IPL project website, once the pipeline is complete, the volume of raw water that TRWD can deliver from Richland-Chambers and Cedar Creek will increase by 197 million gallons per day, more than 52 percent of its compactly capacity. When completed, the pipeline will service TRWD customers located in Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield and the Trinity River Authority, which includes the Cedar Creek Lake area.