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Jersey Village City Council Greenlights Congo Lane Project for Upcoming Street and Drainage Improvements

In another step in completing projects approved by voters as part of the 2023 Bond Program the Jersey Village City Council officially awarded the contract for the Congo Lane Project during their meeting on April 22, 2024. This project aims to substantially improve the drainage and roadway conditions along Congo Lane, from Senate Avenue to Equador. Work is slated to begin as the 2023-2024 school year concludes.


Project Overview and Timeline


The focus of the project is to complete major construction activities between Solomon and Equador before the onset of the 2024-2025 school year in mid-August, minimizing disruptions for Post Elementary and Jersey Village High School. The remaining work from Senate Avenue to Soloman Street will be completed by the end of May 2025.  The comprehensive scope of work includes:


- Demolition of the existing road surface

- Abandonment and replacement of outdated utilities,

- Installation of new water and stormwater management facilities

- Construction of a new roadway and sidewalks to enhance pedestrian safety and accessibility

- New street lighting



Competitive Bidding Process


The bid process for the project was highly competitive, with seven responsive bids submitted. Environmental Allies emerged as the contractor with the lowest responsible bid at $2,950,512.00, which is notably lower than the consulting firm Garza EMC’s projected cost estimate of $4,010,874.00. This favorable bidding outcome represents a significant cost-saving for the city while ensuring that the work meets the high standards required for such a pivotal project.


Contractor Selection and Qualifications


Environmental Allies, with over two decades of general contracting experience, was recommended by Garza EMC based on their extensive project portfolio and positive feedback from recent clients. City staff conducted thorough reference checks, reaffirming the contractor's capability to manage time effectively, handle change orders proficiently, and address any concerns swiftly and satisfactorily.


Funding and Community Impact


The total cost for the Congo Lane Subdivision Drainage Improvements Project will be financed through funds from the 2023 Bond Election, where residents voted to allocate $15.5 million for five street reconstruction projects, including Congo Lane.


For ongoing updates on the Congo Lane Project, residents are encouraged to visit our project update page. Here, you can also sign up for email alerts to stay informed about progress and any potential impacts on local traffic and services.