The University of Texas-Pan American is working with Edinburg city leaders to address the rain drainage matter affecting campus. James Langabeer, UTPA vice president for Business Affairs, signed a Memorandum of Agreement Friday, Jan. 8, with Edinburg officials to share the costs of cleaning and repairing the drainage ditch off of Sugar Road, near the UTPA Physical Plant that serves the campus and surrounding area, to allow for better drainage of rainwater.
"The project will clean out and replace the current ditch with a pipe that will be kept clean and drain completely, rather than having trees and plant overgrowth in it like the current ditch," Langabeer said.
Langabeer said the Edinburg City Council recently approved the memorandum which outlines that the university and city will share the more than $350,000 cost to clean the ditch and replace approximately 1,100-square feet of pipe from Sugar Road to Jackson Road. UTPA will pay half of the construction costs which are estimated at roughly $200,000.
"I want students to know that help is on the way," Langabeer said. "We recognize that we have had a drainage issue on campus for years and we are taking positive steps to remedy the problem with the help of the city, particularly Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia, City Manager Ramiro Garza and City Engineer Isael Posadas."
The project is expected to be completed within one year.