Stuart Place through Primera receiving facelift

PRIMERA — Like many travelers on Stuart Place Road, City Administrator Javier Mendez has been driving over and around the bumps and holes for the last 10 years.

Finally that soon may be over.

The city’s street improvement project to smooth Stuart Place road is under way and will be ongoing for the next 120 days.

Starting this upcoming Monday Stuart Place Road from Wilson Road heading north to FM 107 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The contactor has asked to close the road because of safety concerns,” Mendez said. “We don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

City officials are asking residents to be patient during the repaving project.

“Along with the improvements, we want citizens to be aware that there are going to be some inconveniences, Mendez said. “The road is going to be closed, but not to the citizens who live in that area.”

The project officially started a couple of weeks ago.

“We have bumps in the road and we’re going to put in a five inch base and it should be a smoother ride,” Mendez said. “We’re going all the way from Wilson Road to just a little bit past city hall.”

Mendez said the city has been planning this project over the past few years. And over the years there was no funding for the project available from grants or the state.

The city plans for the road to be smooth for the next 10 years.

Certain areas along the road buckled and made the road crack and bumpy.

Mendez said the project to repave the road is estimated at $650,000. It is being completed by R&R Paving from San Benito.

Mendez said money for the street improvement came from the general fund and left over bond monies from the improvement of Primera Road.

“This project will enhance the city of Primera and the growth of the industrial park,” Mendez said. “The new road will make the land more attractive to new businesses.”