San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

May 13th, 2008
Hunter Industries gets construction contract for part of McCarty widening

STAFF REPORT

Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe secured approval today of a contract with San Marcos-based Hunter Industries to begin widening McCarty Lane between Interstate 35 and Old Bastrop Highway.

Hunter bid $1,546,397 to expand to four lanes a half-mile segment of the McCarty Lane starting at the new San Marcos High School on Old Bastrop. The city will pay about $416,000 of that to extend its water and wastewater facilities. The contract was approved 5-0 shortly after noon.

The work will be completed within nine months if not substantially sooner, Ingalsbe said. The project will require closure of the road during that period, roads department director Jerry Borcherding said.

As previously reported, an agreement reached last month between city of San Marcos and Hays County leaders requires the city to assume the estimated $10 million reconstruction cost of widening to five lanes a 1.1-mile stretch of McCarty Lane east of Interstate 35. The county will expand to four lanes the remainder of McCarty Lane from the Old Bastrop Highway to the city portion of the road, the construction contract awarded today.

The city portion of the road will be built to specifications that, pending federal environmental clearance, will comprise a leg of Farm-to-Market Road 110, the San Marcos loop. In exchange, county leaders agreed to include about $18 million for the second segment of FM 110 as part of a bond proposal going to county voters in November. Minus a $15.8 million reimbursement from the Texas Department of Transportation, the county’s contribution on that portion would be about $2.2 million. In addition, the county will transfer to the city a $2 million federal appropriation secured in 2005 for the road.

Hunter submitted the low bid, beating out San Marcos-based Central Road & Utility Ltd., Austin-based Joe Bland Construction LP, San Antonio-based Texas Sterling Construction and Pflugerville-based RGM Construction LP.

— BRAD ROLLINS

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