Orange barrel season starts early
Usually associated with summer's dog days, the street construction season is in full swing locally as spring's earliest flowers bloom.
Much of the work is a continuation of city projects meant for 2003 completion. But that ongoing work will soon be joined by a cooperative project to resurface the Wyandotte Street bridge.
Johnson and Leavenworth counties are cooperating with the Kansas Department of Transportation on a project to resurface the bridge and install new guard rails.
"We've had the pre-construction conference and are ready to go," said Johnson County Public Works Director Norm Bowers.
The work would require the installation of traffic signals to limit traffic to one lane as crews first chisel away bad concrete and then pour a new surface, Bowers said. Work could start as early as this week, he said.
Traffic barriers will remain on 83rd Street downtown as crews move ahead with $650,000 reconstruction of 83rd from Shawnee to Ferry streets. City Engineer Mike Brungardt said crews were in the process of installing new storm sewers. The crew would then start tearing out and reconstructing the street, he said. Work on the street should be completed in April.
Meanwhile, Blacktop Paving of Eudora applied the asphalt base coat Monday to 87th Street from Penner Avenue to Timber Trails Drive. The $396,000 project also includes curbs and guttering and the installation of sidewalks on the north side of the street.
The final asphalt layer will be applied after the installation of curbs, Brungardt said. Work on the curbs was to start Tuesday but was cancelled be an early morning rain shower, Brungardt said.
The same showers delayed the start of shoulder improvements along Penner Avenue, where piles of dirt for the work where placed earlier in the week, Brungardt said. McAnany Construction Inc. of Shawnee was also scheduled to repave sections of the street found to have an inadequate asphalt depth after the street was resurfaced last fall, Burgardt said.
Three other projects of note are scheduled for the traditional summer construction period of June through October. The city's 2004 capital improvement project list includes upgrades to Lexington Avenue and Waverly Road.
The Lexington Avenue project included resurfacing of the street from 83rd Street to 95th Street, Brungardt said. In addition, sidewalks would be installed to opposite the school campus and shoulders improved.
Finally, the project would install curbs in front of existing businesses, thereby improving safety by restricting access to driveways, Brungardt said.
The design contract for the project was awarded last month to HNTB of Kansas City.
The city received $400,000 of county CARS project money for the $1 million project.
The Waverly Road project will include widening the road to a minimum of 24 foot from 83rd to 91st Street, reconstruction of the sub-base and surface, and improved drainage measures.
This summer the county would replace a bridge on Lexington Avenue south of 95th Street, Bowers said. The work, which included resurfacing on the bridge's approaches, would require a traffic detour, he said.