Congo Lane Street Project

As part of the 2023 Bond Referendum the citizens of Jersey Village approved bonds for street projects, one of which was the Congo Lane Project. 

This project was designed by Garza EMC and includes new street, sidewalks, storm sewer, water line, and street lights for Congo Lane from Senate Avenue to Equador Street.

The project was placed out to bid in March 2024. The following bids were received:

Bidder Bid Amount
Environmental Allies $2,950,512
R Construction $3,672,610.05
Cracon Inc $3,786,693.10
Teamwork Construction Services Inc $4,034,834
iCon GC LLC $4,260,000
MC2 Civil LLC $4,576,184.50
Conrad Construction Co LTD $4,850,523

 

During the April 22, 2024 City Council Meeting the City Council awarded the project to Environmental Allies. 

Work is expected to begin at the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year along Congo Lane from Solomon to Equador. That section of road is anticipated to be completed before the 2024-2025 school year begins in mid-August. 

Project updates for this project will be posted below as they become available. If you would like to receive these updates via email please use the form at the bottom of the page to subscribe. 

Frequently asked questions about street projects can be found here

Town Hall Meeting May 20 With Work To Begin June 3
05/16/2024

There will be a Town Hall Meeting for this project on May 20, from 6-8pm at the Civic Center. Residents can come to learn more about the project and get all of their questions answered. 

A Notice To Proceed has been issued to the contractor. Work will begin on June 3, 2024. 

 

Here is an overview of the upcoming project related to Congo Lane:

  1. New Road: The road widening project will involve expanding Congo Lane to increase the width of lanes (existing 27 ft. to new 33 ft.) and improve traffic capacity. This will help alleviate congestion, reduce travel times, and enhance safety for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.  This may involve temporary road closures or detours. We will provide advance notice of any disruptions and alternative routes.
  2. New Sidewalks: The sidewalk improvement project will involve the installation of new 5 (ft.) sidewalks on Congo Lane where they are currently lacking or in need of repair. These new sidewalks will provide safe and convenient pathways for pedestrians, improving connectivity throughout our neighborhood.  We will make every effort to minimize inconvenience.
  3. Waterline Replacement: The water line replacement project will involve replacing aging water pipes with new ones to improve water flow, pressure, and quality in our community. This will help prevent leaks, reduce the risk of service disruptions, and ensure the delivery of safe drinking water to your home.
  4. Drainage Improvements: The drainage improvement project will involve the installation of new drainage systems, including pipes, and inlets, to improve water flow and reduce the risk of flooding in low-lying areas of our community.  We will strive to complete the work efficiently and minimize disruptions.

We understand that these projects may cause temporary inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we work to improve our community. We will keep you informed throughout the process and provide updates on any changes or developments.  If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please do not hesitate to contact me; my information is below.  Your feedback is important to us, and we are here to address any issues you may have.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Pre-Construction Meeting Held Work To Commence Soon
05/09/2024

On May 8 we had a pre-construction meeting with the contractor. They have requested to begin work the week of May 13. We are currently evaluating the request. If work does start the week of May 13 it would begin on the Senate Ave end of Congo. Residents impacted will be notified before work begins.

Work on Congo between Equador and Solomon would not start until June 1. 

There will be a meeting for residents of Congo Lane on Monday, May 20th at 6pm at the Civic Center to discuss the project and answer questions. City staff and the contractor will be there to answer questions. 

You can also use the form below to ask your questions as well. We will respond to questions via email and post the questions and answers on this page as well. 


Congo Lane Project Awarded To Contractor
04/23/2024

As part of the 2023 Bond Referendum the citizens of Jersey Village approved bonds for street projects, one of which was the Congo Lane Project. 

This project was designed by Garza EMC and includes new street, sidewalks, storm sewer, water line, and street lights for Congo Lane from Senate Avenue to Equador Street.

The project was placed out to bid in March 2024. The following bids were received:

Bidder Bid Amount
Environmental Allies $2,950,512
R Construction $3,672,610.05
Cracon Inc $3,786,693.10
Teamwork Construction Services Inc $4,034,834
iCon GC LLC $4,260,000
MC2 Civil LLC $4,576,184.50
Conrad Construction Co LTD $4,850,523

 

During the April 22, 2024 City Council Meeting the City Council awarded the project to Environmental Allies. 

Work is expected to begin at the conclusion of the 2023-2024 school year along Congo Lane from Solomon to Equador. That section of road is anticipated to be completed before the 2024-2025 school year begins in mid-August. 


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Will storm water pipes be enlarged?

 

clipYes pipes will be enlarged, and additional piping will be added with the goal to discharge excess water off of the streets and into the drainage system. This improved design system is for 2-year storms.


Will sidewalks be updated?

 

Sidewalks will be replaced on both sides of the street; tree roots will be taken into consideration. We will ensure compliance with American Disability Act (ADA) requirements and will request an inspection from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).  Additionally, there will be new sidewalk along Congo Ln. for the empty lot located at the intersection of Australia St. and Congo Ln. Future sidewalk along Australia Ln. will be part of the 2025 Solomon St. and Australia St. Capital Improvement Plan. 


Will the street cut become the new center of the street?

 

No, they cut beyond the midpoint to place their forms, stabilized materials and create a smooth transition to phase two.


How deep is the cut for the concrete pour?

 

The depth will be 6 inches. After the concrete is cured (approximately 3-5 days) residents can turn in/out of their driveway.


I have trouble turning into my driveway, what should I do about this?

 

We will have to strategically coordinate driving in the smaller lane. We will also provide advanced notice to the trash collection service as well.


Can we put gravel in the gap?

 

We cannot mix materials in the gap because that may hinder inspection approval.

 

What other type of inconveniences or obstacles can we expect?

 

  1. No sidewalk until it’s poured
  2. Alternative methods to mail service/ package deliveries
  3. Trash services
  4. Mowing services


What are we doing with mailboxes?

 

Mailbox: Temporary boxes will be place at two locations in phases.  One will be located at the intersection of Congo Ln. and Australia St. and the other will be at the intersection of Congo Ln. and Equador Ln. for residents to utilize for their mail services. We have notified the Post Office of this alternative location.


Are we going to be given periodic updates regarding the status and phase of the project?

 

Periodic schedule updates will be posted on the JV website as well as notifications from the Contractor.


Will there be traffic control during construction time?

 

Flagging and traffic control coordination will be ongoing throughout the construction.


Is the speed limit going to change?

 

No


Are the sidewalks going in at 4 foot?

 

New sidewalks will be a minimum of 5’ wide.


How will I access my house the day of the pour?

 

Residents may have to walk a few houses back towards a dry area, contractor can coordinate pass through if needed.


Will we be notified when concrete is poured?

 

The contractor will notify all residents a few days before the concrete pour.


Will my trash be picked up?

 

Jersey Village will coordinate garbage logistics with the hauling facility to ensure no missed pickups.


What about lawn companies who park on the street?

 

They may have to park on Australia St. or Solomon St., but they won’t be able to park on the street.


Is there going to be equipment left at night?

 

Sub-contractors may leave equipment but only in the construction area, (Not in streets or driveways)


Do I need to have my irrigation system marked in advance?

 

Yes you can flag them in order to assist however, the contractors will be including this in their assessments prior to any disruption or commencement of construction. They are going to aim to assess irrigation prior to disrupting to ensure they fix disruption. A log of all heads and active systems will be maintained. You can contact the contractor or wait until the contractor does his door to door visit.


What if I have a new sprinkler system that interjects into the ROW?

 

Contractor will cap the sprinklers at the ROW. This does not guarantee full function of your system. Any sprinklers inside of the ROW will be removed for construction. Each resident is welcome to contact a licensed irrigation company in order to remove any equipment prior and to discuss alternatives to ensure their lawn is maintained.


What happens to our French or area drains that discharges to the street?

 

The contractor will mark the drain and ensure it remains.