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K&S in the NEWS: Tamarac buffer wall construction to begin next spring
Posted on 11/11/2015

The construction of Tamarac's first neighborhood buffer wall will begin next spring.

The Tamarac Lakes South buffer wall project, which will cost $1.4 million, is the first of the eight that the city will fund. The idea of buffer walls came about after the city completed a study of its major arterial corridors that include University Drive, Commercial Boulevard, McNab Road and State Road 7. The city will construct the walls, while homeowner associations will maintain them.

Ninety percent of the design plans for the buffer wall, which will begin on the south side of Northwest 31st Avenue and extend east to Northwest 25th Terrace, has been submitted for approval, Assistant Public Works Director John Doherty told city officials. The project consultant is currently securing permits from the Florida Department of Transportation and Broward county traffic engineering, he added.

The second phase of the buffer walls project will be along Mainlands 7; construction is expected to begin during next summer. The design for the third phase — construction of a 7,000 square-foot wall along McNab Road for Westwood sections 3, 4 and 7 — will be ready by next spring, with construction set to begin in spring 2017.

City officials approved the city signing a $146,000 agreement with Stantec Consulting Services Inc. for the design and permitting of the Woodlands buffer wall project, along Commercial Boulevard and between Rock Island Road and Northwest 64th Avenue. The project, which is expected to cost $785,000, will take 240 days to complete. The other walls will be constructed along Mainlands 8 and 9; Mainlands 11 and 12; Pine Island Road; and Woodmont.

Vice Mayor Pamela Bushnell and Commissioner Diane Glasser were of the opinion that the city should find a way to provide periodic updates to residents regarding the projects, including public displays of wall replica.

"I want to give people in the area the opportunity to see what is coming; maybe not this month or the next, but at least they know it is coming," said Glasser.

Keith and Schnars, the firm that did the corridor study, looked at 34 potential sections within the city before coming up with a shortlist. Constructing walls at these locations alone will cost the city about $5 million.