Hudson Oaks median project nears completion

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After starting the process in late November 2012, the city of Hudson Oaks’ middle median project approaches completion.

The City Council received an update on the project from City Administrator Patrick Lawler at the council meeting Aug. 22.

“We now have developed a theme for our community,” Lawler said.

For a time, the city closed down lanes of Highway 180 to improve the condition of the median by adding curbs and other improvements.

They then added trees, plants and gravel to the median as well as a sign displaying the city name.

On Aug. 9, an inspection was done on the project to make sure all was done correctly. Now contractors are fixing any issues that might have come up such as replacing some of the grass with a type that will be more easily maintained.

The project will be completed by Sept. 10 – the last day of the contract.

The city budgeted $775,000 for the project while receiving more than $200,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation.

So far, the project is under budget, saving more than $19,000 as they made decisions against parts of the project they thought were not necessary.

After its completion, the workers will maintain the median for three months while training the city in how to care for the new trees and plants.

The city will then have a trial run of that maintenance to see if it is cost-effective.

“We think the maintenance cost will be very minimal due to the design,” Lawler said.

A two-year maintenance bond was included in the contract so that if any of the new trees die they will be replaced.

Lawler said few cities have been allowed to use trees in their median, but it was approved for Hudson Oaks because of the city’s name.

“We are one of the last cities able to do that,” Lawler said.

The installation of the trees, sign and the other plants make it clear when a driver reaches Hudson Oaks, Lawler said.

Mayor Pat Deen said they have had an “overwhelming and positive” response to the median’s new appearance from residents, former city staff and leaders from other cities.

Deen said they received only a few comments that were not positive from residents of other areas that had a different standard.

“From residents, it’s always really good feedback,” Lawler added.

The city has also created a new logo in the past year and will soon have a tag line – which was also considered at the meeting – as other ways of labeling the city. These will be placed on the street signs and city vehicles and possibly the water tower.

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