More construction planned for 2011


Jan. 13, 2011 at 3:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.

A new year means a new batch of construction work in Victoria. In fact, $3.25 million worth for starters.

It will also mean inconvenience for those whose homes or businesses will be affected by the projects, which consist mostly of paving and replacing underground utility lines.

That work will be in the downtown area and north-central Victoria.

Among those that will have to deal with the construction will be Nazareth Academy, bordered on the north side by Church Street. Some parents of students at the school use that street to drop off their children.

But Principal Scott Kloesel said he's confident the city will do what it can to work with the school and that the parents will do their part.

"Our parents are pretty good," he said. "They'll adapt and adjust to it."

Lynn Short, the city's public works director, said there is almost always inconvenience involved with construction projects. But he said the city and the contractors try to minimize that inconvenience.

The biggest project involves downtown Victoria. A $2.23 million contract was awarded to Matula & Matula Construction Inc. of Lake Jackson for Phase II of downtown utility line replacement project.

It is an expansion of the work that has been going on in the central business district and part of a larger, 10-year project. begun two years ago.

Short said work on Phase II of utility replacement will likely begin in March. The contractor has 270 days to complete the work.

It involves replacing about 2 miles of water line and replacing or rehabilitating about 1.3 miles of sanitary sewer line under parts of Church, Convent, Murray, River, Glass, Bridge, William, De Leon, Wheeler and Navarro streets.

That work will affect residential and business areas just outside the central business district.

A $1.02 million contract was awarded to Brannan Paving Company Ltd. of Victoria for rehabilitating streets in north-central Victoria off of Navarro Street.

The streets covered by the contract Anaqua Avenue, Industrial Drive, Circle Street, Imperial Drive and Cozzi Circle west of Navarro. That work could begin in late February or March and the contractor has 210 days to finish the project.

This is the second time the city has awarded a contract for the work.

"Of course, the first contractor didn't do the job," Short said. "We ended up basically having to take it away from him."

The original contract was awarded to 4-Big Construction of Zapata last year.



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