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Posted on: March 26, 2019

In the News: Council to Vote on Emergency Contract for Francis Drive

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The College Station City Council on Thursday will vote on an emergency contract to complete work on the Francis Drive rehabilitation project.  

The roughly $334,000 contract with Larry Young Paving Inc. will cover the completion of the work from Shady Drive to Glenhaven Drive.  Earlier this month, the city terminated its contract with the original contractor, Hassel Construction Company, for it's lack of progress on the project to rehab the water and wastewater lines on Francis Drive between Glenhaven and Walton Drives.

City officials have previously said that about 25 percent of the work on the project, which began a little over a year ago, was completed by the Houston construction company before it was fired.  According to the agenda items, the remaining work includes "stabilizing and compacting the subgrade and placing concrete," and a sanitary sewer manhole must be placed at the end of the previous pipe-bursting work.

About $1.74 million has been expended or committed for the project so far.  Budget savings of $340,000 will need to be transferred from a street project with a budget surplus to cover the emergency construction contract.  This would bring the revised project budget to a little more than $2 million.

The city announced on March 8 that it had ended its contract with the original contractor, saying that the work was now "behind schedule to an unacceptable degree" and has caused a "prolonged inconvenience" to residents and drivers in the area.

Source:  The Eagle, 3/26/2019

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