Victoria City Council to award $15.6 million sewage treatment project

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

May 4, 2014 at 12:04 a.m.
Updated May 5, 2014 at 12:05 a.m.

Victoria City Council is expected to vote Tuesday whether to move forward on a $19.6 million project to build a new sewage treatment plant and to close the Willow Street plant.

Allen Woelke, vice president of CDM Smith, the engineering firm involved with the sewage treatment plant project, is recommending the City Council approve the bid by CSA Construction.

The city's engineer estimated the work would cost $15.5 million, and CSA Construction, of Houston, came in with a $15.4 million bid.

With an additional $190,000 to close the Willow Street plant, the total cost of the project is $15.6 million and could take about two years to complete.

Mayor Paul Polasek said it was gratifying to see the project moving forward and coming in on budget.

"This is a great investment that will serve Victorians well for many years," Polasek said. "Water and wastewater services are often taken for granted. This project is an important investment to keep services operating and efficient far into the future."

CSA Construction has a history of successfully completing projects in Victoria. It built the surface water treatment plant in Victoria and the river and raw water pump stations and recently completed the bar screen improvements project at Victoria's Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

"Despite the setbacks early on and misunderstanding some members of the public had with the project, I am happy to see us moving forward," Polasek said.

The other piece of the puzzle involves a $4 million project for offsite utilities and an access road to the Odem Street sewage treatment plant.

The engineering firm recommends the bid go to Rockin Q Construction, of San Marcos.



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