City Awards First Post-Ike Street and Drainage Contract
It has been a very long time coming, but January 23, 2012, the Shoreacres City Council awarded a contract valued at $1,637,154.50 to Mar-Con LLC for street and drainage work. Using funds made available for disaster recovery several of the city's storm damaged streets will be replaced with new concrete surfaces. Additionally, storm drainage will be improved in the same area by increasing culvert sizes wherever required and reshaping open ditches.
The city's project engineer plans to issue the official "notice to proceed" to the contractor for an effective date of March 5. Soon thereafter you can expect to see equipment and materials arriving in the city. A portion of Bayou Drive on the west side of Taylor Bayou between Shore Acres Blvd. and Heron Park will be closed to traffic and used by the contractor for a temporary construction yard.
The first two project phases have been identified starting with West Country Club north of Shore Acres Blvd and North Country Club east to Centre Avenue. The second phase will be Centre Avenue from Shore Acres Blvd north to North Country Club. Work will take place on alternating sides of the street to allow as much access to homes as possible.
In addition to street and drainage work CenterPoint Energy will be replacing lengths of their gas main in the street right-of-way in advance of the street work; and, the city will be installing large water main crossing in anticipation of future water system improvements.
The street and drainage project will have approximately five more phases as work continues east and south across the city. Other streets that will see work include portions of Bayou Drive, South Country Club, East Country Club and Oakdale Street.
Under the terms of the contract all of these streets should be completed in December 2012. Of course, allowances for weather and other delays my impact the actual completion date.
Two more street and drainage contracts are pending and with grant approval could be awarded this year.
Visit the city's website anytime for a comprehensive listing and status of all of the city's infrastructure projects.