Millions in road work proceeding in Nederland

Published 12:20 am Thursday, July 30, 2020

NEDERLAND — City council members approved a nearly $230,000 parking lot improvement project at Nederland’s Homer E. Nagel Public Safety Complex, home of the police and fire stations.

Through a unanimous vote this week, the Council awarded a $229,112.45 contract to Definitive Industrial Group out of Houston. The Council previously rejected bids in June and re-advertised the project.

Those bids were opened July 21, with Definitive coming in as the lowest responsible bidder. The project is funded out of the city’s capital outlay fund.

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Parking lot completion is slated for 120 days after starting.

“There is a lot of leveling work that has to be done out there,” City Manager Chris Duque said in response to a councilman’s question about the high cost. “There are some pretty big craters and a couple of real big trees that when they were ground up created some divots.”

A group of workers gather Wednesday morning along Helena Avenue in Nederland before beginning the day’s road repairs, a project that is slated for completion before the 2020-21 school year begins. (Candace Hemelt/The News)

In other news, Public Works Director Robert Woods said the city’s 2020 asphalt improvement is substantially complete, with dress up and drainage work taking place on Avenue A and B.

Weather permitting, the project should be completely finished within two weeks.

Gulf Coast CRH Company was awarded a $971,972.40 contract to administer asphalt street rehabilitation, which includes hot mix overlay work, on:

  • South 2nd Street from Nederland Avenue to Avenue H;
  • South 15th Street from Nederland Avenue to Avenue D;
  • Detroit Avenue from 17th Street to Twin City Highway;
  • South 13th Street from Avenue H to FM 365;
  • South 14th Street from Avenue J to Avenue N;
  • South 37th Street from Nederland Avenue to Avenue H.

City street concrete work has included replacement panel additions along Helena Avenue, with some curb and sidewalk replacement taking place this week.

The project is “roughly about 85 percent” through, the city reported.

Council members previously awarded Brystar Contracting a $558,976 bid to administer concrete street rehabilitation on Helena Avenue from 27th Street to Twin City Highway, as well as on 27th Street in front of C.O. Wilson Middle School.

The work is scheduled for completion before school starts.

Also this week, Nederland officials are hosting pre-construction meetings for the Hodgson and Bourque Road improvement projects.

Staff said they would produce photo or video before-and-after production to demonstrate the scope of the improvements to local residents.