COPPERAS COVE — The City Council on Tuesday approved a $168,000 contract for six street maintenance projects that could start by November.
“This is something we want to move on pretty quick,” said Daryl Uptmore, with the city’s public works department.
Uptmore couldn’t give an exact time when the contractor, Round Rock-based APAC-Texas, would start laying hot mix asphalt at the six project sites, but he anticipated a start date as early as next month.
Streets on the project list include portions of Veterans Avenue, South 25th Street, West Avenue E, South 27th Street and Georgetown Road. Two projects will be conducted on Veterans Avenue.
Together, the projects would consist of seal coating about five miles of streets or 32,240 square yards of roadway surface.
These streets were selected in the city’s annual overlay project for the 2012-2013 year, Uptmore said. The funding for the overlay also will come from last fiscal year’s budget.
Laying the new asphalt is proactive, routine maintenance on the roadways that should prolong their life, Uptmore said.
According to city documents, Veterans Avenue, South 25th Street, and West Avenue E were selected because the roads were excavated, leaving rough sections and possibly causing the road subgrade to collapse due to water seeping through seams in the asphalt.
South 27th Street was selected because of a waterline replacement project where the road was excavated the entire length and also to each individual house. That project left a rough roadway and a large amount of seams for possible water seepage into the sub-base.
Georgetown Road has a large number of cracks and is a rough-riding road with a high traffic count.
The city installed optical cable on Veterans Avenue, leaving a trench and a rough section of street.
APAC-Texas was the sole bidder on the project.