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July 9, 2014

Council approves street reconstruction bid

GREENVILLE — Portions of three busy streets in Greenville will be rebuilt, following a vote of the Greenville City Council.

The council Tuesday awarded a $4 million contract to Pavecon Public Works of Grand Prairie for the project to rebuild the south ends of Stonewall and Sayle Streets as well as Webb Avenue between Sayle and Wesley Streets.

Local voters approved bonds in May 2013 for the three reconstruction projects.

But the cost of the work on the first phase of the reconstruction effort was significantly higher than what had been expected, according to Public Works Director John Wright.

“The lowest bid received represents an expense of about $788,000 above what was budgeted,” Wright said.

It was hoped the size of reconstructing portions of three streets would help attract bids from several contractors interested in taking on the work. The city was unable to start the Sayle Street project in March, after receiving only one bid, which came in over the estimated budget.

But only two bids were opened June 17. Each proposal contained a base bid, for rebuilding the streets with a concrete surface, and an alternate bid for rebuilding the streets with an asphalt surface.

Pavecon Construction of Grand Prairie submitted bids totaling $4.04 million/$4.42 million, while Camino Construction of Lewisville submitted bids totaling $4.21 million/$4.73 million. The alternate bids came in higher due to the soil stabilization needed for an asphalt surface.

The three streets had been budgeted at a total of $3.26 million under the bonds approved last year.

Wright said there would be a chance to alter the scope of the remaining work under the next two phases of the reconstruction project.

“And hopefully balance things out and make things fit under the bid,” Wright said.

Phase one calls for rebuilding Stonewall Street between Mockingbird Lane and the Interstate 30 frontage road, Sayle Street between Kari Lane and the frontage road, and Webb Street between Sayle and Wesley Streets.

The city postponed rebuilding the south end of Stonewall for several years, awaiting the completion of the Wesley Street overpass project. The city has needed to acquire additional right-of-way and easements for the project, and parallel sewer mains will also have to be replaced.

The section of Sayle Street included under the first phase was never designed to handle the vehicle load it has received since Lowe’s and the adjacent shopping center was constructed, not to mention the traffic coming from the SportsPark.

Webb Avenue is needing to be rebuilt to help provide the city an additional east/west route between Joe Ramsey and Interstate 30, which also connects two major north/south thoroughfares.

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