Update on Murphy Bond Projects
Pictured: Ken Lee, City of Murphy project manager, points out the changes that are underway at MPD.
One of the many bond projects underway in Murphy this summer is construction at the Murphy Police Department. Jail cells are being converted into office spaces, locker rooms are being expanded and updated with new lockers, the evidence room is being expanded and the department’s lobby is being remodeled. The lobby remodel will include two conference areas where officers can meet with people who visit the department for various reasons. The conference area will feature a Murphy police badge etched in glass.
Ken Lee, City of Murphy project manager explains construction inconveniences, “…The work first performed was the construction of a temporary gypsum board wall in the PD training room, which now serves as the temporary men’s and women’s locker room, as the existing lockers were relocated there to allow for permanent construction. The hallway entrance to the old jail area has been isolated via plastic sheeting to mitigate dust infiltration to the other sections of the building. Since the contractor’s entry to the work areas is through the sally port on the north side of the building, disruptions to the other regular working areas of the PD are practically non-existent.”
Murphy Police Chief Trey Cotten explained how this remodel will better MPD, “For the public, the lobby remodel will allow space for people to come in and fill out statements and paperwork in a comfortable environment. For the officers and dispatchers, it will help provide a better space to store issued equipment. For our property manager, it will create a much-needed workspace and better storage for evidence and evidence processing.”
The MPD project is part of the Municipal Complex Renovations project. Construction began on Jun. 17, 2019 and has a scheduled completion date of Feb. 1, 2020.
Additional bond projects currently, or soon-to-be in progress in Murphy are a new parks storage building located behind the existing public works department, the addition of a new service window to the Murphy Central Park concession stand, new roof to the bathroom area, new sidewalk to the new service window and a new concrete vehicle pad on the north side of the building. The Murphy Activity Center (MAC) is receiving a complete renovation which will convert one large space into two activity spaces with a large folding partition and the addition of some offices. Also under construction is the Travis Estates Street Panel Replacements and Drainage Improvements Project. (Construction on The Travis Estate Project began in Apr. 2019 and is slated for completion on Dec. 26, 2019.)
Lee outlines upcoming projects, “With the contract awarded, the Median Landscape & Irrigation Project will also soon be under construction with said improvements to various medians on Betsy Lane, Heritage Parkway, N. Murphy Road and McCreary Road.”
Bond projects that have been completed to date include the Waters Edge Culverts and Drainage Improvements, McWhirter Road Drainage Improvements and S. Murphy Road & FM-544 Right Turn Lane.