MORGAN CITY — Bids for the first phase of road work here have been approved by the City Council and work is expected to begin sometime after the Mardi Gras season, which concludes on Feb. 21.
The council approved Huey Stockstill Construction of Houma, the low bidder, who submitted a base bid of approximately $1.09 million.
While the base bid tops $1 million, Morgan City Mayor Tim Matte said the entire total would be less than that, totaling somewhere between $629,000 and $744,000.
A change order will be issued later during the work to reflect those changes.
That original bid includes the costs of paving using 1.5 inch of asphalt and 2 inches of asphalt as well as associated costs.
Matte said the city would only need 1.5 inches of asphalt in some areas and 2 inches in other areas.
Work in this first phase includes:
—Second Street: from Union to South Railroad, Brashear to Egle, Railroad to Everett.
—Sixth Street: from Levee to Marguerite and Greenwood to South Everett.
—Ditch Avenue from Railroad to La. 182.
—Union from Second Street to Federal Avenue.
—Third Street from South Railroad to Union Street.
“These projects are of short duration,” Matte said of the work, which includes overlay and subrepairs.
Public Works Director Mike Loupe told the council that only one street will be worked on at a time during this phase of work.
Meanwhile, Loupe said he is talking with a consultant about getting specs for repair work on portions of Veterans Boulevard, David Drive, Youngs Road and Greenwood Street.
If it is productive and affordable, the city may be able to use a pilot program on street raising to repair areas where panels may not be broken, but the substructure is eaten away.
The mayor said the city anticipates advertising by next week.
The next step in the road work will include a portion of Victor II Boulevard.
As part of the roadwork, the mayor and council introduced an ordinance that will allow them to incur the $4 million in sales tax bonds and accompanying interest. The $4 million is being used to fund the road improvement throughout the city.
In other road action, Matte said the parish took bids on the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from the Comfort Inn to Business 90 East. The low bid, submitted by Sampey Construction, is expected to be awarded at tonight’s parish council meeting.
Sampey did the second phase of the reconstruction work.
Matte said he would like to see the rest of the roadway upgraded to truck route status.
In another project, the city agreed to pay up to $20,000 or no more than 20 percent of the project for work on a proposed crossing on Marguerite Street, north of Victor II Boulevard and across from Teche Regional Medical Center.
The project, spearheaded by Dr. Trey Morice, who had an office across Marguerite Street from the hospital, will enable residents to more easily access the doctors offices and the hospital.
The system will be synchronized with the traffic light at Victor II Boulevard.
The system would be equipped with a button for citizens to press when they would like to cross Marguerite Street.
When the traffic light turns red, the pedestrians would be given the OK to cross and then when the traffic light is about to change to green, pedestrians would be warned they should no longer cross the roadway.
The work will include striping across the roads and construction of a sidewalk to connect the sidewalk along Marguerite as well as one into the medical complexes across Marguerite from the hospital.
Those involved have applied for permits with the state Department of Transportation and Development and have been in discussion with DOTD about the requirements for the system.
While he supported the project, Councilman Luke Manfre said it would have been better if the crosswalk was moved further over near the Internal Medicine Clinic to eliminate having to cross the hospital driveway, as well.
The projected cost for the project is between $75,000 and $90,000.
At least two doctors have agreed to participate in funding the project as well as Teche Regional Medical Center.
Because the sidewalk will be located in the servitude of DOTD, the city will be responsible for the upkeep of the sidewalk and will have to sign a hold-harmless agreement.
Among the reasons for the location is because the crossing will be in the proximity of existing offices as well as other potential offices.