Driveway failures seen at transfer station

Joseph Brown/ The ItemCity of Huntsville officials are addressing cracks in the surface paving at the Huntsville Transfer Station. 

A construction oversight could amount to an extra $1 million being poured into the Huntsville Transfer Station. 

According to officials, city staff is currently investigating if steel-reinforced concrete was placed in the foundation and surrounding driveway at the facility that serves as the hub for all trash collected in the city.

“About six weeks to two months ago, this council was informed by the city manager that there was a problem with the driveway surrounding the new city transfer station,” said Huntsville councilman Ronald Allen (Pct. 3) in a statement. “We were told that about 18 months after it opened, the concrete on the driveways started breaking apart and that the staff had determined that the reason for this was that the driveway had no rebar installed in the concrete by the construction company.”

The facility sees heavy truck traffic daily with garbage trucks and 18-wheelers both circulating throughout the complex.

According to contracts acquired by The Item through a public records request, the site pavement and building concrete for the transfer station came at a price of $1,155,609. The contracts called for construction of the buildings concrete including footers, push walls and tipping floor slab, as well as construction of the site pavement with no specifics given. The total cost for the project was $3,924,613.

The work was completed by subcontractor Liberty Concrete and Construction out of San Angelo, under the guidance of construction manager-at-risk Anchor Construction out of Fort Worth.

“After 18 months of operations at the City of Huntsville Transfer Station, staff noticed some failures in the surface paving at the facility,” city manager Aron Kulhavy said in a statement last week. “We are working with the contractor to correct these deficiencies and neither operations at the facility nor the safety of those visiting the facility will be affected.”

Kulhavy did confirm that the station is still “completely operational” and that the cracks in the pavement are “cosmetic.”

Jeff Chapman, who is representing the city in this dispute, told The Item that “no litigation has been filed” on behalf of the city of Huntsville.

City council members have met in executive session three different times to discuss the transfer station, citing section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code, though no public action has been taken. A request from Allen for criminal action against the contractor failed at last week’s meeting due to the lack of a second.

See contract at below.