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Bids due soon for Visitor Center repair contract

November 21, 2018

The time for contractors to apply to repair the Ben J. Rogers Regional Visitor Center is running out.

Jefferson County is hiring a firm to complete various repairs — one of the latest county responses to Tropical Storm Harvey-related damage.

The center, off Interstate 10 near the Ford Park Entertainment Complex, sees between 100 and 700 visitors each day, said Rolanda Hollifield, who works there. She said most people are in buses headed east toward casinos and stop to use the restrooms — the cleanest in this part of Texas, she said.

“We also have free fresh coffee and bottled water, souvenirs and peppermints,” she said. “We have lots of information about Beaumont and the Golden Triangle and we give away wildflower seeds.”

The center also has travel information on every city in Texas.

The required repairs didn’t shut down visitor center operations. They include removing the existing and installing several new doors around the center and replacing carpet.

Also on the list of expected repairs: connecting a new storm drain and downspout to an existing sub-grade storm drain and repainting parts of the center.

An estimated cost and timeline for the repairs is unknown because no bid has been accepted yet. Bids are due at 11 a.m. Dec. 4. A mandatory pre-bid conference and walk-through took place in mid-November.

More information about the project can be found here. http://www.texasbids.net/bid-opportunities/2018/11/07/9010804-Hurricane-Harvey-Repairs-for-Ben-J-Rogers-Visitors-Center.html

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