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16-linch water pipe going in on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. (Rich Heiland Photo)

Water project along Veterans moving toward completion; no plans for widening rest of VMB

By Rich Heiland

Free Press Publications, LLC

For The Walker County News Today

Ever since big blue pipes started showing up near the Fire Station on Veterans Memorial Boulevard some Elkins Lakes residents have been wondering if it signaled an eventual widening of Veterans from Possum Walk Road to the new Goree Bridge at the I-45 access road.

In a word, “no.”

The pipes are part of the ongoing work on the new elevated storage tank and distribution lines for the Palm Street Pump station, according to City Engineer Y. S. “Ram” Ramachandra.

In addition to the above improvements, Ramachandra said the city is adding a new pump station near SH 19 and SH 30 East intersection and a new 20′ & 24″ water transmission main between this new pump station and the existing elevated storage tank in Palm Street water plant property.

He said construction of above improvements is scheduled to be complete by approximately by some time in February. These new improvements will be commissioned (put to operation) all at the same time some time during Feb / March time frame when the construction of all elements are completed and successfully tested, he said. The new water tower is 125-feet high and mostly complete.

He said the improvements are aimed at greatly improving water supply capacity, water pressure and improved circulation in the city’s water distribution system.

As for Veterans, there had been some hopes it would be widened to link with the re-aligned Goree Bridge as a part of the major I-45 reconstruction and widening. But, that is not in any near-term plans.

“At this time, the city neither has funding nor has a scheduled time frame to take up construction for widening Veterans Memorial Parkway,” Ramachandra said.

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at solutionsmap@msn.comor 936-293-0293.

About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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