City of Abilene touts progress on 2015 bond projects
ABILENE, Texas - A handful of the projects included in the 2015 bond program have already been finished, including Adventure Cove and several street fixes, but there's still a few major projects left to be done. Director of Capital Improvements Wayne Lisenbee said the Abilene Police Department's evidence and records facility will soon make its way to the old Kmart on South First Street. "Probably going to start construction on the Kmart job next summer, probably in the May time frame, and then looking to move into Kmart later 2018, early 2019," Lisenbee said. Fire Station 4 is almost finished, and the city expects two others, Fire Stations 3 and 7, to be built by March. Major runways at the airport have been redone, and now they're working on security upgrades. In addition to Adventure Cove, the city finished two splash pads and will gain another two, one at Red Bud Park and another at Sears Park. They'll be done by spring. The city is currently selecting a location for phase two of a project to build more sidewalks. Lisenbee told us it will be another two or three years before all the street projects in the bond program are finished. Construction on Ambler Avenue should wrap up in the next month, according to Lisenbee. The city received good news for the Cedar Creek Trail project. "There's a trail, a hike and bike plan for the city, if you will. This is one of the strategic locations that we felt like we could really encourage the public to get out, exercise, to do physical fitness activities," Lisenbee said. "One of the big hurdles that we needed to overcome was getting permission from the railroad to be able to cross under it. We received that permission a week or two ago," said Director of Community Services Lesli Andrews. This permission allows the city to move forward to eventually develop along the land. The next step for the Cedar Creek Trail project is to get permission from the Texas Department of Transportation.