West University Place residents who live in the 4100-4200 blocks of Law Street along the northeast part of the city can expect construction to begin on a new water line that will connect their homes to West U’s water system.
Not being connected to West U’s water system caused service and communication interruptions for residents, according to documents provided by West U’s Public Works Department.
City Council members voted March 13 to award the $265,617 contract to ISJ Underground Utilities LLC.
Construction is expected to last 120 calendar days, or at least four months, according to public works officials. When representatives from the contractor company spoke to residents at the City Council meeting, they said they are ready to begin construction once the material from their supplier arrives.
Residents along the new water line construction should still have access to their private driveways at all times, which was a requirement the public works department asked of the contractor.
The new construction will install 1,500 linear feet of 4-inch water lines along Law and Fairmont streets, primarily by trenchless construction with some areas of open-cut construction. Removal and replacement of paving and sidewalk is expected after the construction, according to the city documents.
Before the new year, West U city leaders outlined their flood control and water projects, which included the new water line along Law Street, City Manager Dave Beach said.
“We don’t own the right-of-way in front of the house where we run the line; it’s still the city of Houston,” Beach said. “They’ll allow us to install a water line in the city of Houston right-of-way.”