Greenbriar to get relief from frequent water line breaks

  • Project detailsA $765,765 contract has been awarded to Saenz Utility Contractors Ltd., of Edcouch, for water line replacement in Greenbriar.

    The project came in more than $184,200 under the engineer's estimate.

    The contractor has 210 days to complete the ...

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  • Project detailsA $765,765 contract has been awarded to Saenz Utility Contractors Ltd., of Edcouch, for water line replacement in Greenbriar.

    The project came in more than $184,200 under the engineer's estimate.

    The contractor has 210 days to complete the work.

    Construction could begin in mid-February.

An east Victoria neighborhood plagued for years with water line breaks will be getting help.

The city plans to spend $765,765 in 2011 to replace the aging water lines in the Greenbriar subdivision.

"Both the water and the sewer lines were in very poor condition, especially the sewer lines," said Lynn Short, the city's director of public works. "We replaced the sewer lines the previous fiscal year, and now we'll come in and replace the old water lines."

He said he's hopeful there will be enough money in next year's budget to repave the streets after all the construction work is finished.

Council Member Gabriel Soliz, whose district includes Greenbriar, said he'll be pleased when work gets started to replace the deteriorating cast-iron pipes with plastic pipes.

"It has been a long time coming," he said. "Making sure everybody gets good clean water is good for the neighborhood."

The new lines will mean fewer repairs and reduced repair costs to the city, Soliz said.

Short said the city has recorded 75 water line breaks in Greenbriar during the past six years, prompting the city to replace the lines.

Construction could begin in mid-February and the contractor has 210 days to finish.

"I have no idea where they're going to start," Short said. "We'll know that after we have a pre-construction meeting with them."

He said the contractor will do one street at a time and the residents should have access to their driveways most of the time.

"You can't do construction projects without some inconveniences," he said. "We do what we can to minimize it."