By Lora-Marie Bernard
THE STATE has approved more than $6m in three major county road and ferry projects that should begin within weeks.
Among the projects approved by the Texas transportation commissioners are pavement repairs for state highway 6 from FM 2004 near the Gulf Greyhound race park southwards to Interstate 45 in Bayou Vista. The commissioners said they hope the project will improve road conditions and enhance safety.
In the second project, the east end of Seawall Boulevard on Galveston Island will receive an overlay from 39th Street to Ferry Road. A spokesman for the state said Austin officials hope the repairs will make the road smoother and last longer.
The commissioners have awarded $3.2m to Stafford construction company Durwood Green to reconstruct SH 6. The work includes pavement replacement and an asphalt-concrete overlay. Plans call for the work to start in the fall and finish early next year.
Angels Brothers of Baytown has received a $2m contract to mill and overlay Seawall Boulevard. Plans call for the work to start in the fall and be completed before the end of the year.
The commissioners also awarded a $1.4m contract to upgrade and renovate the Galveston-Bolivar ferry’s maintenance building.
The project includes new siding, roofing, lighting and safety improvements to the 30-year-old facility. The commissioners said they hope the facelift will extend the building’s lifetime. Galveston-based construction company Texas Gulf has been awarded the contract.