The City of Big Lake could reach a population of 17,262 by the end of the decade according to a report produced by the engineering firm Enprotec / Hibbs & Todd, Inc.
The report was presented to the Big Lake City Council last week during a budget workshop.
Engineer John Voller was on hand to explain the study and its impact on Big Lake’s immediate and long term future.
“We have three projections for Big Lake depending on exactly where these companies decide to locate their work force within the area,” Voller said.
Five people were sent to the hospital with incapacitating injuries on Monday, June 30, after a three vehicle accident on US Highway 67 near Ferguson Lane.
The wreck happened just before 4 p.m. when a white Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Justin Wilson, 25, of Forsan, attempted to pass a red Chevrolet Silverado heading westbound to the right when it was unsafe.
At the same time a truck tractor trailer was traveling eastbound on US 67.
Wilson reportedly was unable to complete the pass and attempted to dodge the truck tractor trailer on the south shoulder. The two vehicles hit head on.
The Big Lake City Council approved the only bid they received for their 2014 paving project.
The bid, made by Reece Albert, Inc., is for $3,919,870.00 with a start date of November 1, 2014.
The bid also states that the project will be substantially complete by 355 days and finished in 395 days.
The project was bid out with part of the project outside the city limits. Those areas, located to the east of Big Lake, will be paid for by the Delhi Partners. Engineer John Voller estimates that the Delhi Partners portion of the project will cost $600,000.00 to $700,000.00 leaving the city with $3.3 million or $3.2 million left to pay.
Reece Albert, Inc. is busy paving Reagan County Airport’s east/west runway. The project to transform the runway from a dirt strip was made available by a 90/10 grant through TxDOT’s Aviation division. Reece Albert, Inc. was awarded the project with a $2,276,850.37 bid. County Judge Larry Isom, who spearheaded the project, said that he expects the runway to be back in operation by the first of September. Isom said that he is already planning a complete overhaul of the airport’s north/south runway in partnership with TxDOT Aviation.