City Council to vote on repairs to sidewalks

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

June 2, 2013 at 1:02 a.m.

Sidewalks in eight Victoria public park projects could be revamped in time for cool fall weather.

Victoria City Council is expected to vote Tuesday whether to accept a $51,825 bid to repair sidewalks in Ethel Lee Tracy Park, Queen City Park, the Riverside Golf Course, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Memorial Park, H-E-B Municipal Tennis Courts, the municipal pool and the kayak paddling trail.

Mayor Paul Polasek, who has championed for increased walkability in the city, said sidewalk construction has been targeted during the past five or six years.

Although the work is slow-moving, "going forward, there will be more and more sidewalks," Polasek said.

Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Stewart said 99 percent of the repairs are for tripping hazards where the drought or tree roots have caused the concrete to buckle.

"It'll make the parks safer," Stewart said. "Now, you won't have all those uneven areas."

At the H-E-B Tennis Courts, construction crews will replace 2,505 square feet of sidewalks, including constructing a new entrance to the skate park.

The work at Riverside Park includes constructing a new sidewalk to tie into the south end of the paddling trail access point, as well as blocking a parking space for improved accessibility to the river.

He said the city has looked at using a more flexible material such as asphalt, but the same issues with cracking appear.

The contractor, South Ranger Construction Inc., of Galena Park, has 90 days to complete the work. However, Stewart anticipates it to be ready in about two months.

The second-lowest bidder was Northstar Elite Construction & Consulting LLC. of Pflugerville, with a bid of $64,951.

In all, eight contractors applied for the job.



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