What does it take to construct one of the newest reservoirs in Texas? Turns out it’s a lot more than just building a dam. Keeping everything on schedule—from roads and bridges to laying pipeline—requires someone who can oversee the process as a whole. At Lake Ralph Hall, that “someone” is Randy Sliger. As construction manager for the project, he is the linchpin connecting each of the program’s contractors. Right now, that requires consistent communication with Flatiron Construction as they work on the roads/bridges, and Granite Construction as they build the Leon Hurse dam.
“My first goal every morning is to check in with the contractors to see what they have planned for the day and if there were any issues from the day before.” Sliger explained. “Close communication with the contractors and engineers has provided for a smooth start of the project. “
In addition to site visits, Sliger stays connected through the project’s various construction meetings and handles communications with the contractors. Building a project of such magnitude requires innovation and the ability to adapt midstream, so good communication and teamwork is key. One such innovation—a dedicated service road for bridge construction—was successfully implemented and proved to be a benefit for the on-going road work.
“It keeps the larger equipment and truck traffic off of Hwy 34, which helps everyone stay safe,” Sliger explained, “And it’s allowed Flatiron to keep equipment moving on rainier, muddier days.” (See story below for more on current status of the bridge and roads.)
Sliger will be working closely on the project throughout construction and looks forward to the day the dam will begin to hold water. He hopes that the lake will leave a legacy for generations to come – providing “water for Upper Trinity, but also a significant boost for the local economy.”