San Marcos: Bids Sought for $8.7M Hopkins Street Project
Featured Illustration (above): A conceptual rendering of a rebuilt portion of Hopkins Street between Bishop and Moore streets, complete with drainage, sidewalks, paving and landscape upgrades. Image: City of San Marcos
By Edmond Ortiz
San Marcos (Hays County)–The city is seeking bids to begin the $8.72 million reconstruction of Hopkins Street, a project that includes installation of water and wastewater mains, drainage upgrades, paving, sidewalks, erosion control and traffic control between Bishop and Moore streets.
The city issued the construction bid solicitation Oct. 9. Deadline for bids is 2 p.m. Oct. 31.
A pre-bid conference is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at the San Marcos municipal building, second floor large conference center, 630 E. Hopkins St.
VBX members may find specifications at project listing ID: 2019-6E7D.
Fort Worth-based Freese and Nichols is the project engineer. The city plans to award a bid Dec. 3 and have construction at the start of the new year.
An early rendering of one of the three raised intersections that are part of the planned Hopkins Street improvement project. Image: City of San Marcos
Raised intersections at Blanco, Mitchell and Endicott streets are included for the purpose of acting as traffic-calming measures.
Existing utilities will be replaced, too. All work is slated to be done within two years.
The project is being partially funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, administered through Texas Department of Transportation.
Improvements to Hopkins have been in the works for at least five years. While this stretch of Hopkins lies west of downtown, the city’s population growth has increased traffic along the west-east corridor that runs through downtown to the East Side, where it becomes Texas Highway 80.
Local officials have said affected neighborhoods such as Heritage and Dunbar will benefit from the planned improvements in terms of increased mobility and safety.
The city envisions a “complete streets” approach to the project, with a focus on tree preservation, improved pedestrian and bicycle traffic, and streetscape and
gateway elements that enhance the historic neighborhood.
Eastbound traffic at Hopkins and Moore streets, where the improvement project begins and goes westward to Moore Street. Image: Google Streets
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.