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The Paris City Council on Monday awarded to a Louisiana company a contract to replace 2.3 miles of corroded, decades-old and out-of-favor cast iron water lines in the city with new PCV pipe.
McInnis Brothers Construction, Inc., of Minden, La., was the low bidder at $1,815,203 — 9.6 percent below the $2,008320 bid of Barney Bray Construction Co., Inc., of Paris and 13.5 percent below the $2,097,887 bid of Harrison, Walker, Harper, L.P., of Paris.
The work is for the first of two phases to be funded with $3.4 million from a low-interest loan from the Texas Water Development Board.
City manager John Godwin has termed the loan “cheaper than cash” because the TWDB has forgiven $510,000 of the loan since the project has been certified as a “green project.”
The TWDB loan is for water line replacements only.
The construction will be similar to – but separate from – the replacement of cast iron water lines and clay sewer pipes under a proposed $45 million infrastructure bond that citizens will vote on May 11.
Early voting begins Monday on that proposal, which pertains to a long-term infrastructure replacement plan being developed by Longview-based KSA Engineering. KSA has assigned a “grade” for each segment of road in Paris and the water and sewer lines underneath.
Earmarked for the work under Phase I of the TWDB-funded projects are water lines under these streets:
All three companies also submitted bids on work on a two-block stretch of Sperry Street, from SW 13th St. to SW 15th St. that would have added an additional $72,000 to the contract. However, the city opted to do that work itself.
With the remaining TWBD loan money, the city will ask later for bids on nine more water replacement projects:
The biggest project under Phase I of the TWBD contract to McInnis Brothers is replacing water lines under East 3rd Street from Henderson, a distance of about eight-tenths of a mile.
“That’s the really, really big line – a major trunk line, so to speak,” city engineer Shawn Engineer told the city council.
“The contractor will be replacing 20-inch cast iron pipes with 20-inch PVC pipes,” he said.
On Church Street, from Washington Street to just north of the railroad tracks, six-inch cast iron water pipes will be replaced with six-inch PVC pipes.
In the Deshong-Lewis-Stone triumvirate of streets south of North Lamar High School, six-inch cast iron water lines will be replaced by eight-inch PVC lines.
On the two-block length of Sperry Street, which is between West Austin and West Sherman, city workers will pull up six-inch cast iron pipe and replace it with six-inch PVC pipe.
In every instance, Napier said, residents should notice better water pressure and more water volume after the work is done.
McInnis won the contract with its $199,389 bid on the 4,363 linear feet of 20-inch PVC pipe that will be laid along NE 3rd Street. Bray’s bid was $331,588, and Harrison, Walker, Harper’s bid was $439,354.
That made up for McInnis’ high bid of $456,754 for asphalt repair to replace the streets at the end of the three jobs. Harrison, Walker, Harper was $260,000 lower at $197,186, and Bray was $108,000 lower than McInnis at $349,000.
Before awarding the bid to the Louisiana firm, District 3 councilman John Wright asked about the company’s previous experience in jobs of this magnitude.
Tom Pruitt of Hayter Engineering, who researched McInnis Brothers at Napier’s request, said it’s a “very large company” doing “several million dollar projects” in seven or eight states.
Pruitt said the company has been in business for 67 years “so I don’t see them going away.” The company has built water and sewer plants and is now involved in a contract at Winnsboro, Texas, he said.
Napier said the bids on the Phase I portion of the work was “a little bit more” than anticipated.
“The reason was asphalt prices have gone up recently,” Napier said.
By CHARLES RICHARDS