Archive for Thursday, April 30, 2009

KDOT scheduling delays Kill Creek repaving to 2010

April 30, 2009

The expectation that federal stimulus money would allow the city of De Soto to undertake two major road repaving projects this year was premature.

Late last month, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced De Soto would received $400,000 from a federal stimulus program to mill and overlay Kill Creek Road from 83rd Street to Kansas Highway 10. When that was announced, it was assumed the project would be done this year.

But last week, De Soto city engineer Mike Brungardt learned KDOT, which schedules bidding for the projects funded with federal stimulus money allocated to the state, has slated the project for bidding in December. Given the nature of the work, that would push the asphalt project back until the spring of 2010, he said.

Had it been a city of De Soto funded project, he would be ready to bid the project now, Brungardt said. KDOT does require additional documentation and paperwork, but those should be ready in about a month or two, he said.

Brungardt said he also learned last week a Shafer, Kline and Warren engineering review of the 83rd Street repaving project estimated it would cost $160,000 more than the earlier estimated $820,000. The project is to mill and overlay 2.5 miles of 83rd Street from Kill Creek Road east to the Lenexa city line.

The city applied for and received $417,000 from the Johnson County CARS program for the project, which also includes shoulder work to improve drainage and patching of the underlying concrete.

Brungardt said if the city couldn’t make up the shortage, his recommendation would be not to resurface part of the road rather than cut back on the shoulder work or patching.

The 83rd Street project would be ready for bid in June with a 60-day construction schedule anticipated for July and August, Brungardt said.

The 60-day schedule is to allow for the patching on the street and the need to keep one lane of the road will open during construction because the lack of a suitable detour route, Brungardt said.

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