Hughes Road project delayed, again
The contractor assigned to head the City of Houston’s Hughes Road reconstruction project has withdrawn its bid, citing delays from another entity associated with the endeavor, which was responsible for hooking up necessary utilities.
The project will go out for bid once again in the next two weeks, according to Public Works and Engineering Department spokesman Alvin Wright.
“It (the project) is still on,” Wright said. “The company in charge of doing the utility work – not the city – couldn’t get done in time, and the contractor (Menade Inc.) pulled out.”
Sources within Council Member Dwight Boykins’ office stated CenterPoint Energy was the company responsible for the initial delay in utility work.
Wright said the cost of the project has likely increased since the original bid was given back in April. Despite, the setback, however, Wright said the project will remain on the city’s 2015 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
The long-awaited project will repair Hughes Road from Beltway 8 to the Houston city limits in Sagemeadow.
In the works for more than a decade, the endeavor will remove existing paving and replace it along with curb, gutter and sidewalks on both sides of the street and provide necessary storm sewer system and street lighting.
The undertaking was initially proposed in 1999, while Rob Todd served as the South Belt area’s city councilman.
Construction was originally scheduled to begin in 2000 but has been pushed back multiple times to make room for other projects.
A 1999 preliminary engineering report conducted by Snowden Engineering called for replacing the current pavement, which varies in thickness between 5 inches and 13 inches, with 9-inch reinforced concrete on a 6-inch lime-stabilized subgrade and removing the existing sidewalks and replacing them with 4.5-inch sidewalks (4-feet wide) on both sides of the street.
The study further called for replacing the current 18-inch storm sewer pipes with 24-inch pipe.
An environmental assessment of the area, performed by Snowden partner HVJ & Associates, concluded sites along the street have a moderate potential for soil and/or ground water contamination that may impact the project. The firm recommended monitoring wells be installed and/or soil borings be drilled in conjunction with further environmental investigations.
The Snowden report determined the existing twin bridges crossing Beamer were in satisfactory condition.
The firm also conducted a traffic study that determined traffic lights were not warranted at the intersections of Sageyork and Blackhawk. The group, however, did recommend that a left-turn lane be added to the southbound lane at the intersection of Sagecreek to improve traffic flow near Stuchbery Elementary.
While the design phase of the project was reassigned to Othon Inc. in 2012, Wright said changes are minimal.
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