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June 18th, 2008
KBR gets Sessom Drive, Comanche water main contracts

MERCURY GRAPHIC by BRAD ROLLINS
AERIAL IMAGES by GOOGLE MAPS

by BRAD ROLLINS
Managing Editor

The San Marcos City Council awarded engineering and design contracts last night for reconstruction of Sessom Drive, a heavily traveled major arterial that skirts the northern edge of the Texas State University campus.

Funded with general obligation bonds approved by voters in 2005 and a partial match by the Texas transportation department, the project will rebuild the street from Aquarena Springs Drive to Academy Street, add bike lanes and sidewalks along part of the stretch and rebuild drainage facilities including culverts and curbs.

Total costs for the street reconstruction is estimated at $1,550,000 plus an additional for $753,250 for the drainage improvements, according to the city’s capital improvement program.

During its regular meeting on Tuesday, the council unanimously approved a $304,110 engineering services contract with Houston-based KBR Inc. They also approved a second contract in the amount of $300,110 with KBR to design 5,200 linear feet of 24-inch water main between the Spring Lake pump station and the Comanche standpipe, work that is expected to cost $1,256,000.

For both contracts, KBR was recommended by a staff selection committee over 22 other companies that bid for the jobs. KBR is subcontracting with Austin-based Blanton & Associates, Inc. on environmental services, Austin-based MWM Design Group for surveying and San Antonio-based Fugro Consultants LP for geotechnical services.

Sessom Drive is named for Michael Sessom, one of Hays County’s first settlers who built San Marcos’ second house. During the Texas Revolution, he worked as a spy under Capt. Thomas McGeehee as well as a Spanish and native languages interpreter for the army.

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