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June 9, 2014

More street work on tap in BC

BRIDGE CITY — The City of Bridge City has announced its latest street improvement project which will see nearly a dozen more streets repaired and resurfaced. All previous road work had been funded through federal money related to Hurricane Ike damages, but this next phase will be paid for by the city.

“Each year we set aside a certain amount of money for road work,” said Jerry Jones, city manager. “But for the past three years, we have not had to use that money because of the federal funds being used to repair our streets.”

Jones said the project, which is expected to cost $350,980, will include the following streets: Calvin, Jeanette, Billeaud, East Darby, West Darby, Romero, Gilmer, Short, La Mesa and Woodsong.

“We decided to go ahead and get this planned while the contractors are in town,” Jones added. “The Disaster Relief Funded streets must be done first, so we can close the books on those projects. Some of the newly added streets may be mixed in with the current, since the contractors are in those areas already, but most will be done afterwards.”

City officials announced in February 2011 that approximately 12 miles of city streets would be repaired and resurfaced through funding received following damage sustained from Hurricane Ike and the constant wear and tear of cleaning up the city in its aftermath. That work extended into 2012 and has since been completed.

In 2013, city councilmembers approved a bid of $1.119 million for asphalt road repair improvements.

At the most recent council meeting, councilmembers heard from local residents Hilton and Kandice Bacon and Carmel Williams about issues with Suddith Street.

According to Mayor Kirk Roccaforte, the residents informed council of a problem with the road, even though it had been repaired recently.

“One of the residents just wanted to make sure we were aware there was a problem,” Roccaforte said. “There is oil coming back up through the road surface. We’re not sure what caused it or what happened, but it’s something the contractor will take care of for us.”

 

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