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May 8, 2013

BC council approves bids for sewer work, road repairs

BRIDGE CITY — Two major improvement projects are on tap in Bridge City this summer.

City council members awarded bids Tuesday night during a regularly scheduled council meeting at City Hall for a proposed sanitary sewer improvement project and for a proposed asphalt road repair improvement project.

The council approved a bid of $689,924.50 to T. Johnson Industries, Inc. for the sanitary sewer improvements, according to City Manager Jerry Jones.

“This bid is actually for several different projects,” Jones said. “It includes rehabilitating existing manholes, removing and replacing existing manholes. We are also going to pipe-burst eight-inch sewer lines to find the problem areas where there may be leaks. It will run a new pipe inside the old pipe, but we will have to dig up some of the pipe and replace it in spots.”

Pipe-bursting is a trenchless method of replacing buried pipelines which are used for sewer, water and natural gas and prevents work crews from needing to dig a construction trench.

Jones also stated manholes that need to be replaced will no longer be metal, but will instead be fiberglass.

Much of this work will take place in the neighborhoods between State Highway 87 and West Roundbunch.

Council approved a bid of $1.119 million from Allco, LLC. for the proposed asphalt road repair improvements. Some roads will undergo a hot mix repair, while others will get a chip seal.

Jones said the list of streets to be included in the project is huge, but includes Morris, Magnolia, Dixie, Caldwell, Russell, Warner, Hebert, Hillcrest, Paula, Linda, Bridgeview and many others.

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.

The latest list of streets on the work schedule, which are being repaired with funds from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA), are part of Round 2.1 TDRA funding.

Jones said the city will be able to conduct some extra work as well following these projects.

“Between these two bids, we will be able to do some more work projects because both bids came in under $500,000 less than we expected,” Jones said.

In other news, Mayor Kirk Roccaforte read a proclamation announcing the month of May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month in Bridge City. A reported 32 cities in the area are now involved in the effort to raise awareness about motorcycles and the safety of motorcyclists.

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