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Longview streets to receive upgrade

By Jimmy Isaac jisaac@news-journal.com
Dec. 10, 2011 at 10 p.m.

City officials announced this past week which streets will see initial improvements under a recently approved bond package.

Longview voters in May approved a $52.6 million bond plan to add, upgrade, widen or renovate several municipal streets, intersections, sidewalks and utility lines.

On Thursday, City Council members approved a nearly $690,000 contract with Reynolds & Kay Ltd. of Tyler to upgrade several oil-dirt streets in the city.

They are Hunt Road, Jones Road, Lynnwood Lane and Swinging Bridge Road, as well as Delta, Mumford, Hornsby, Rainbow, Sunbeam, Rosedale, Birdie, Prothro and Edgewood streets. They are considered oil-dirt streets because, before their annexation into the city, they were constructed by Gregg County crews using a surface mix of oil and dirt.

Public Works Assistant Director Rolin McPhee said Reynolds & Kay will have 120 days to complete the work. Reynolds & Kay outbid seven other East Texas firms, including four firms in Gregg County.

Work crews will reconstruct or upgrade 41,345 square yards of substandard oil dirt streets into asphalt streets using pulverize-mix construction methods.

It is the first of four stages in replacing such streets across the city, with Stage II set for bidding in December 2012.

The city plans to begin repaving High Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, plus sidewalk improvements along MLK and Birdsong Street, as early as March.

Reconstruction of Green Street in downtown is in the design phase and set for construction beginning in June, while improvements to several intersections, including along Hawkins Parkway, could begin as early as next December.

In a separate matter, council members on Thursday accepted the Reel Road Widening Project and authorized final payment to East Texas Bridge.

In July 2010, the Longview company signed a $1.694 million contract to widen Reel Road between Gilmer Road and Knobcrest Drive.

The project was approved by voters as part of the 2007 Capital Improvement Projects bond package.

East Texas Bridge of Longview completed the work for $1.626 million, representing a $68,000 savings to the city.



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