At their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 27, the Tyler City Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager to award a $5,125,344 contract to S.J. Louis Construction of Texas, Ltd. for the construction of the Highway 69 /Interstate 20 Corridor Sanitary Sewerage System improvements.
“It is gratifying to see Tyler move forward with economic development projects that are designed to spur private investment,” commented Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. “Development follows the path of infrastructure and this project will pave the way for growth in this area. Tyler is taking an important step to ensuring we are prepared for future growth and fulfilling the vision outlined in Tyler 21.”
A total of 10 proposals were received during this competitive sealed process. S.J. Louis was recommended for award of the contract based upon the following criteria:
• Proposal price;
• Experience with projects of this specific type and magnitude;
• Experience and references of key personnel;
• Company profile and general experience;
• Ability/commitment to respond to City needs in a timely fashion; and
• Safety record and financial profile.
Funding for this project was allocated from the 2008 Tyler Water Utilities Revenue Bond Fund and will be paid for from revenues collected from the sale of water and sewer services – not from property taxes. The City paid off all general obligation (tax supported) debt in 2008.
“We are pleased with how competitive the pricing on this project came in,” said City Manager Mark McDaniel. “It will allow the project to come in well under budget.”
The project was first identified during the Tyler 21 planning process which called for the revitalization of North Tyler as well as balanced growth in all areas of the community.
From City of Tyler