By MICHAEL A. FITZGERALDAssociated PressAUSTIN (AP) A $3 million contract awarded by Texas to restore and replace aging lighting fixtures in a former Texas park has sparked a new debate over the viability of the state’s aging infrastructure.
The Parkrose Lighting Restoration and Restoration Fund, which was established by Texas Gov.
Greg Abbott in 2011, is aimed at restoring and replacing lighting at parks and other public spaces that have fallen into disrepair.
It includes $2 million for two locations: the former Texas Zoo and other parks in Fort Worth and San Antonio.
But the program’s biggest beneficiary was a company called Shady Grove Lighting.
The company made the installation of a sliding gate that opened up the park and then installed a new system that allows visitors to climb over the fence and walk through the park.
The park, in Fort Bend County, has been plagued by problems with drainage, sewage, traffic and vandalism.
It has seen some of the worst flooding in its history.
In 2016, more than 3,300 people were displaced by floodwaters and more than 6,600 were hospitalized.
Texas has spent more than $50 million repairing the park in recent years, and the company that installed the sliding gate said it would provide more than 200,000 LED lights.
Shady Grove is owned by Texas-based American Lighting, which also makes a sliding door system that opened in the zoo and other state parks in Texas.
It’s one of several lighting companies that have been awarded grants to replace aging fixtures in Texas parks.
The Texas Department of Transportation said the new system would reduce traffic in Fort Pointe Park, where about 15,000 people used the park each day in 2016, by more than 70%.
The agency said the project would create a safer environment for visitors.
But Shady Growers’ chief executive, Brian Miller, said the company’s equipment will be used in the new project.
Miller said he expects it will cost about $300,000.
He said he expected the installation to be completed in about a month.
He said the agency will also provide the new lighting to the state parks agency, which is expected to pay about $30,000 for the project.
Miller said Shady Grooms will be able to use the lights at other parks and public events that Texas has agreed to, including concerts, sporting events and other events.
Miller also said the $3,000 is part of the total cost of the project and does not include any additional equipment that is being provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife, which has not yet agreed to reimburse Shady Gardeners.
Texas officials say they have no plans to refund Shady Gardens for the installation.
Miller and other companies have long said that Texas is the only state that has not adequately repaired its aging infrastructure and that the state has failed to provide adequate financial support for lighting improvements.
In the past, the Texas Parks Agency has paid for the maintenance of park equipment such as fences, benches and benches with LED lights, Miller said.
He also said that the agency should be reimbursed for the cost of installing the new equipment.
Miller was one of dozens of business leaders who attended the signing ceremony Monday at the state Capitol.
The state is also seeking to make more than 30,000 state-of-the-art lighting and water systems available for the next four years.
The state plans to spend about $1 billion on the new facilities, including a $200 million fund to purchase more than 5,000 new lights, a $1.8 billion plan to replace nearly 1,200 of the more than 1,500 streetlights in the state, and $600 million for upgrades at nearly 7,000 parks.