Construction on one of downtown Galveston’s busiest streets will likely continue until the end of July after a rainy fall and winter delayed work on the project, officials said.
The project was initially slated for completion by March 30. But the project has been extended twice through change orders because of reviews needed to remove historic trolley rails, according to the city.
The construction along Market Street also ran into problems when one of the sections failed to pass a required compression test, which ensures the road’s surface and underlying soil can handle weight, Galveston spokeswoman Jaree Fortin said.
But the redo of one section would not cause further delay or cost taxpayers more money because the contractor is bearing the cost, Fortin said.
For months, construction crews have been working on and off on a reconstruction project along Market Street. The city hired Houston-based Main Lane Industries to repave Market Street from 19th to 25th streets, replacing the asphalt with concrete and overhauling underground drainage and utilities, Fortin has said.
The city is paying for the $3.47 million project from federal disaster recovery money stemming from Hurricane Ike in 2008, according to the city.
Like most construction projects, the monthslong ordeal has disrupted daily life for some downtown residents and businesses.
Jillian Glover, a manager at The Proletariat, 2221 Market St., is looking forward to the completion of the road, she said Wednesday. The construction takes away several prime parking spaces from the bar and creates a noisier atmosphere, she said.
“It’s very inconvenient,” Glover said. “This is supposed to be a laid-back, chill place where you can take your coffee and sit out and relax, but instead there’s dirt flying in the air and it’s noisy.”
The construction, which started in August, tapered off after Hurricane Harvey and months of above-average rainfall, she said. But then it picked up again in early November during one of the busiest weekends on the island, motorcycle festival Lone Star Rally, Glover said.
“I thought that was a weird choice of weekend to start again,” Glover said.
Since then, Glover, who has a front-seat view of the construction, has seen crews sporadically, she said.
The work so far has focused on the westbound lane between 19th and 25th streets.