(Seguin) -- The city of Seguin is about to start another major street improvement project. The latest project calls for the total reconstruction of Tor Drive.
City Engineer Joe Ramos says this is an MPO approved project, which means that the San Antonio/Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization has agreed to pay the bulk of the construction costs associated with the project.
Ramos says all the paperwork has been completed, and they are awarding the construction contract to Dean Word Company, which submitted the low bid just under $2.6 million. He says there were several additional steps that needed to be taken in order for the city to secure the federal funds dispensed by the MPO.
"There's some steps that are typically not required on city projects (and) that we have to do on MPO projects, so our consultant performed those required analysis and subsequently submitted a recommendation. Dean Word (Company) was awarded the contract. We submitted that information to Tx DOT on Aug. 1, and they agreed with the recommendation from (the consultant). We also issued a bid recommendation level of concurrence on Aug. 16 as required by the process and received an award letter from TxDOT on the 24th of August. So here we are now recommending that Dean Word be awarded the contract, in just under $2.6 million for the reconstruction and expansion of Tor Drive," said Ramos.
The $2.569 million approved by the council on Tuesday night is more than match originally included in the project. Ramos explained that nothing had changed in that regards. The MPO is funding 80 percent of the total construction costs for the project, and the city will cover the additional 20 percent.
"This is the construction cost only not the total project cost. The Federal Highway Administration, through TxDOT and the MPO, pays for 80 percent of the construction cost so our related expenses to this is 20 percent of the construction cost. We pay the entire cost of engineering, acquisition, testing and all that. So this is only for the construction cost itself," said Ramos.
The project has been a long time coming. Tor Drive, which connects State Highway 123 Bypass to State Highway 123 Business (Austin Street), currently has one lane of traffic in both directions. The roadway will now be reconstructed and widened to include a continuous left turn lane. It will also have a bike lane and sidewalks.
Ramos says they hope to have meeting with the contractor soon, and then they will be able to better inform the public of how the project will proceed.