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County Commissioner Hugh Coleman stands in front of the new Road and Bridge East complex Thursday in northern Denton County near Ray Roberts Lake.

New facility nearly complete, already being used to service roads

Denton County’s Road and Bridge East department has a shiny new facility for its operations.

While the grand opening is not for a few weeks and the water system is still being upgraded, county officials will be using the new $2.3 million building in Sanger to maintain roads in the northern part of the county. The new facility will replace an older, smaller building in Aubrey.

“It’s a great facility that will really help us with the maintenance of our vehicles and increase our efficiency in maintaining county roads,” Precinct 1 County Commissioner Hugh Coleman said. “It’s been a longtime coming.”

Coleman described the project as “hanging out there” when he first took office in 2009. The facility was paid for in part by funds approved in a 2004 bond election. Funds were shifted away from the project at the time, with the promise that the new facility would be funded at a later date.

“It was kind of abandoned by my predecessor,” Coleman said. “The Aubrey facility was tiny and about 40 years old. We desperately needed a new facility.”

The project went out for bids in the spring of 2011, and EIKON Consultant Group LLP of Sanger was hired as the prime consultant to design and supervise construction of the building, which began in April 2011. Portions of the project were awarded to Modern Contractors Inc., which worked with the county on construction.

The project costs included $200,000 to acquire the 20-acre site and to install a new water line.

“We’re still drilling a water well out here and don’t know what exactly that will cost,” Coleman said. “Right now we’re getting water from old sources.”

The facility includes offices for Coleman and other personnel, a conference room and a centralized work area. The site also includes a separate mechanical shop containing three large work bays, a large crew room, a small-engine repair room, a sign shop, a vehicle wash area, a fueling station and storage areas.

The facility, which sits at the intersection of FM2164 and FM455, will serve all of Precinct 1.

“It’s strategically located and well-suited to provide maintenance and service to all the county roads in northern part of the county,” Coleman said of the location.

He said the county is selling a facility it was using in Krum to the city of Krum for $200,000.

Coleman said the county would use the facility in Aubrey for storage.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6889. His e-mail address is blewis@dentonrc.com.


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