Archive for Wednesday, October 22, 2008

De Soto project among those on Johnson County’s 2009 CARS list

Upgrade will pave 83rd from Kill Creek Road east to city limits

October 22, 2008

OLATHE – A De Soto project was among those approved for County Assisted Road System program for 2009.

Road improvements, totaling $15.4 million for 2009, were unanimously approved last Thursday by the Johnson County Commissioner.

The 19 projects, involving 15 cities, were part of the new CARS program for next year. Slightly more than $6.2 million will go to 14 new roadway projects in 12 cities. Almost $7.2 million has been earmarked for continuation projects in the cities of Olathe, Shawnee, Overland Park, and Gardner.

The 2009 CARS program also will provide $2 million for the start of improvements to 191st Street to accommodate the Intermodal Facility proposed by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railways and Logistics Park being developed by The Allen Group. The project is located at 191st Street between Waverly and Four Corners roads.

On Sept. 25, the commission approved a Public Infrastructure Financing Plan that included a commitment to improve 191st Street at an estimated cost of $14 million. With the Board’s approval Thursday, the 2009 CARS program will transfer $2 million that was designated for the continued improvement of 199th Street in southern Johnson County to the 191st Street project. The 199th Street project, which started three years ago, will receive no CARS funds in 2009, placing the project on hold.

Construction of the 191st Street improvements and the Intermodal Facility is expected to start in early 2009, weather permitting, with the road project being completed in time for the opening of the rail-truck hub by late 2010.

Improvements to Antioch Road from 151st to 167th streets in Overland Park will receive $2,682,000 in the 2009 CARS program. CARS provided $2.6 million to the $17.7 million project in 2008.

CARS will provide almost $1,657,000 for the new interchange over I-35 at 159th Street and Lone Elm Road in Olathe. The new interchange, with a total cost of $63.3 million, involves construction of bridges with on/off ramps. CARS has provided a total of $3.7 million for the project in the past two years. Olathe’s share of the project cost has been estimated at slightly more than $33 million with the federal government contributing $24.6 million.

Another Gardner project, the Moonlight Road intersection, was awarded almost $2.5 million in 2009 CARS funding for improvements from 166th to Warren streets. The project, with a total cost of $13.2 million, is scheduled for completion in mid-2009. The CARS program has provided a total of slightly more than $2 million toward the project in 2007 and 2008. Gardner’s share of the cost is placed at almost $9.5 million.

The final continuation project will be improvements to 87th Street Parkway from Renner Boulevard to Lennox Drive in Lenexa. CARS continued $1.4 million for the almost $22 million project in 2008. It, too, is targeted for completion in mid-2009.

Shawnee was granted slightly more than $1.7 million to improve Monticello Road from Johnson Drive to 66th Street.

Other new 2009 CARS projects include:

• $672,000 to Merriam for 47th Street from Antioch to Switzer roads;

• $428,000 to Mission Hills for State Line Road from Shawnee Mission Parkway to 70th Terrace;

• $426,000 to Mission for Roe Avenue from Shawnee Mission Parkway to 63rd Street;

• $141,000 to Roeland Park for 51st Street from Nall Avenue to Cedar Street; and,

• $417,000 to De Soto for 83rd Street from Kill Creek Road to the east city limits.

The 2009 CARS program is part of the Johnson County Public Works Department budget. The $15.4 million program is encompassed into the county’s FY 2009 Budget of $736.3 million that was approved in August by the Board.

Since its creation in 1984, the CARS program has provided more than $235 million in funding for road improvements in Johnson County in partnership with all cities of the county.

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