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Street repair bid accepted by city
Trinity Standard - November 2009
TRINITY – A bid to overlay six city streets with a two-inch asphalt topping was accepted last week, kicking off a $500,000 repair program launched by the Trinity City Council.
During a special meeting on Oct. 15, the council accepted a bid of $151,832.14 from Waters Construction Co. of Huntsville. Work was expected to begin in about three weeks.
The six streets to receive the overlay include all of 5th Street and Charles Street. Also on the list are portions of four streets, including: Railroad from Madison north to Highway 94; Madison from Railroad to Emory (FM 356); Tatum Street from Industrial Road to Highway 19; and Avenue A from 5th to 10th streets.
The streets included in Phase I of the street improvement program are considered the “simplest” of the streets being targeted for repair. None of the six will require work on the road base and there are no city water lines that would have to be moved.
According to City Manager Phil Patchett, the city will be seeking bids for additional street work under Phase II of the program sometime in the springs.
“We’re getting close to November and it will be too cold to do the chip-and-seal projects. We’ll have to wait until spring to start those,” he said.
This will also give the city time to decide how to address problems with the road base under a number of city streets and to relocate city water lines in some areas.
Patchett said Waters Construction’s bid came in well below what the city had initially projected. He said he was expecting a low bid to be from $200,000 to $225,000 for the six streets.
“We had a total of seven bids for this work and the rest of them were substantially more than Waters. The second lowest bid from A-1 Construction Co. of Montgomery came in at just over $217,000,” he said.
The city manager noted that the seven bids received for the Phase I work was the highest number the city has received for a street project in many years.
In the past, the city had budgeted about $50,000 per year for street work and bids on those projects generally attracted only one or two companies.
The city council decided this year to issue $500,000 in certificates of obligation in order to put together larger projects in hopes of attracting more interest from road contractors.
“Since I’ve been with the city, this is the most interest we’ve had on a street project and we got a very, very good price,” Patchett said.
Because the bid was much lower than expected, the city manager said the city will be able to do additional streets in Phase II.
In addition to Waters and A-1, other companies which submitted bids included: CCC Blacktopping of Onalaska, $225,551.73; Triumph Parking Lot Maintenance of Tomball, $248,832.14; Horton Excavating Co. of Lufkin, $248,697.95; Brown’s Paving of Lufkin, $271,550; and Moore Brothers Construction of Lufkin, $323,129.55.