Stormwater Work To Continue In UP

The University Park City Council in late January approved a $8.9 million contract with SYB Construction Co. for the second phase of construction projects meant to contain stormwater runoff.

The first phase included the recently-installed underground stormwater detention system in Caruth Park. That work involved installing an underground detention structure under the field on the east side of Caruth Park, plus some above-ground improvements. The facility increases the capacity of University Park’s stormwater system by 11 acre-feet or just more than 3.5 million gallons.

The city council Feb. 2 approved a final payment of $151,484.14 to Rebcon Inc. for the installation of the underground stormwater detention system in Caruth Park. The total amount paid for the work, including the final payment, is $2,938,482.77, which is $73,412.23 under budget. 

“We’re ready to move on to our next phase and it’s been under design,” City Engineer Katie Barron said. “This will involve replacement of the existing storm drain under Southwestern and Hillcrest – there’s a 60-inch pipe – and we’ll be replacing it, upsizing it to double boxes…in Southwestern, and…in Hillcrest. That will also include some work in Turtle Creek to connect that system up to our existing system as it goes downstream. In addition, we’re going to relocate the wastewater line that’s in Turtle Creek within the limits of this construction. It’s currently up almost underneath the existing stormwater pipe under Turtle Creek – they built them at the same time – we can’t really get to it, so we’re going to replace that piece as we are doing this drainage work as well. In addition, we’ll be replacing the wastewater line in Southwestern that’s for the residents on the north side…and then we’ll be relocating a water line in Hillcrest that’s in conflict with where the new boxes are going to be. That line will run basically the length of the storm drain as well from Southwestern up to Colgate up Hillcrest…In addition, we added pond dredging at Caruth Park to this project.”

University Park Public Works Director Jacob Speer said the work on second phase projects is set to begin later this month and last about a year and a half.

Barron added that the work would be done in phases and crews will generally work from the downstream end at Southwestern and Turtle Creek upstream.

In other news, the city council:

  • Approved amending the city’s sign ordinance to more closely mirror state law and remove the word “temporary” from the definition of political signs in the city’s ordinance.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at

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