City workers complete a drainage project on Thomasville Road in Houston.

Paving on a major street extension project in Houston is expected to begin this week. The effort will connect Thomasville Road to Holder Drive and create a new street near a commercial development.

City Administrator Larry Sutton said Tuesday that compression testing showed the road ready for asphalt. An initial two-inch overlay of asphalt is estimated to cost about $89,688. An inspector of Hood-Rich Architects, Springfield, also was expected to oversee the paving.

Gaines Construction Co. of Rolla, was the low bidder for the street excavation work totaling about $224,200.

Additional expenses on the project included installation of some concrete culverts and some water line changes. The concrete culverts cost $24,600.

The city included funds for the project in last year’s budget, but it was carried over to this fiscal year. Additionally, the city has a quarter-cent sales tax earmarked for street and sidewalk work.

Randy Kell of Raymondville is a subcontractor. City crews completed work earlier to relocate water and sewer lines affected by the project, which will connect with Holder Drive and create a new street north of Orscheln Farm and Home.

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