By David Tuma, The Belton Journal
There are multiple construction projects ongoing in the City of Belton, more than likely the most in the community’s history, and things don’t look to slow down any time soon.
City crews are finishing up the white water project along Nolan Creek at the old water crossing leading to the Belton Christian Youth Center. They are creating another area for ponds similar to what is behind The Gin. Crews are also reinforcing the bank for flooding with the water narrowed at that point. They have yet to create a pickup point along the bank in Confederate Park.
“They are coming in with larger rocks and placing them to help with erosion,” said Paul Romer Public Information Officer. “The exit point should be about 200 yards from where the low water crossing bridge used to be. It will add to the beauty of the trail and make it easier to enjoy. City staff members have kayaked and went down in tubes to test things out. We are working on a dedication date.”
The Martin Luther King Bridge is moving forward. It is a massive project, and the drop off to the creek is shear from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor side of Nolan Creek. There will eventually be a trail leading down to the water from the UMHB side. There is a retaining wall being built on the west side of the bridge. The bases for the pilings have been completed. Most of the work being done right now is dirt work.
An area to put in kayaks will also be built near the trail by UMHB, as well as room for parking. The bridge project should be completed in around 16 months. The work is on schedule.
City staff and department heads are working on updating the Parks Master Plan. The city is growing rapidly, making park planning crucial. The study will be independently done and will be a 5-10 year plan. It might be completed this year.
The expansion of the Police Department building is moving along. The cement has been poured and the two buildings have been connected at the base. One change has been the moving of the operations center to the workout room. That is where the operations room will be permanently.
Heritage Park will have 50 new parking places built, and work is almost completed. They are waiting on the base material to settle down in order have the asphalt installed. City crews have done the work.
The South Main sidewalks, sewer and Sparta Road improvements will be done when school is out.
“TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) has started the bridge where the old toll road used to be. This project will also include drainage work on Connell St,” said Romer. “If we extend the sewer lines along I-35, Salado will look into connecting into the Belton-Temple system. Our sewer lines currently extend to the Expo Center.”