City considers spending $18 million to repave Sam Houston


Aug. 16, 2010 at 3:16 a.m.

Victoria businessman Gary Breech knows there's no gain unless there's some pain when it comes to rebuilding a badly deteriorated Sam Houston Drive.

"I'm not looking forward to the construction, but I'm very much looking forward to the results," said Breech, whose State Farm Insurance office is on Sam Houston. "It's vital to keep our interior streets in very good shape because that's where so much of our business operates from."

The city council will consider Tuesday awarding an $18 million contract to SER Construction Partners Ltd. of Pasadena to rebuild most of Sam Houston.

Jimmy Roach, the city's deputy director of public works, said the company will rebuild a 2.2-mile stretch between Laurent Street and the Houston Highway. It's going to be paved with concrete similar to the rebuilt sections of Ben Jordan and Laurent streets.

The rest of Sam Houston had been repaved in concrete in an earlier project.

"It's going to be a really nice street once it's all completed," Roach said. "Our engineers have determined concrete will give a longer lasting, better quality street."

There's not much difference between the price of asphalt and concrete now, but in the long run, it will be a savings because it lasts longer and requires less maintenance, Roach said.

Consulting engineer Ben Galvan with Victoria-based Civil Corp. said the concrete street should last 50 years if it's properly maintained. That compares to 20 years for an asphalt street that has been maintained.

The work will include redoing the sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water lines, curbs, gutters and sidewalks. It will also include new signal lights and traffic signs.

Galvan said there will also be design changes as some intersections.

"Some of the side roads come in at a skewed angle," he said. "From a driving perspective and a sight-distance perspective, that's not a good thing."

Those streets will be made to intersect Sam Houston at a 90-degree angle, Galvan said.



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