Tarrant Regional approves $19.4 million contracts for pipeline project

04/15/2014 3:45 PM

04/15/2014 3:46 PM

In the latest round of agreements for building its $2.3 billion integrated pipeline, the Tarrant Regional Water District board approved three contracts Tuesday totaling $19.4 million.

The district, which provides raw water to 98 percent of Tarrant County, is building the project in partnership with Dallas Water Utilities.

The project will essentially double the amount of water that can be pumped to Tarrant County from the district’s Richland-Chambers and Cedar Creek reservoirs in East Texas.

The pipeline will also allow Dallas to bring water from Lake Palestine, also in East Texas.

The first portion of the project, also known as the IPL, is expected to be completed by 2018.

On Tuesday, the three contracts were all approved by votes of 4-1, with board member Mary Kelleher voting “no.”

The contracts with Freese and Nichols, Toeroek Associates and AECOM Technical Services are for program management support on the third phase of the project. The companies have been subcontractors on the project.

Another contract, with Leidos Engineering LLC, will expire Friday and will not be renewed.

Tarrant Regional officials said Leidos’ company profile has changed and “it is now outside the scope of their business” to provide program management.

In the board agenda, the water district said it “plans to enter into individual contracts with AECOM, Freese and Nichols and Toeroek for the Program Management Support Services for the IPL Phase III (Construction). Freese and Nichols will primarily provide staff for the services related to construction oversight.”

The contract with Toeroek totals about $7.7 million, AECOM’s contract totals nearly $6.2 million, and Freese and Nichols’ totals about $5.5 million.

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