Council awards 83rd Street contract, leaves bicycle ban in place for now
The De Soto City Council last Thursday awarded a contract to repave 2.5 miles of 83rd Street east of Kill Creek Road to the city limits to local contractor Blacktop Paving.
The winning bid for $899,000 was very close to an engineer’s estimate but significantly less than that of three other bidders on the project, De Soto city engineer Mike Brungardt told the council.
On learning that, he reconfirmed the bid with Blacktop Paving, Brungardt said. He learned the local company’s bid was lower in part because it had a site to haul scrap material at no costs.
In April, the engineering firm of Shafer, Kline & Warren estimated the project would cost an estimated $142,000 more than the $834,000 set aside in the 2009 budget to complete the project. With a nod to the importance of the project, the council agreed to use unencumbered capital project funds to complete the project.
Brungradt also sounded out the possibility Johnson County would provide additional matching funds in excess to the $417,000 approved for the project’s construction through its revenue sharing CARS program.
The city engineer told the council last Thursday, the county would probably contribute another $32,500 in CARS funding for the project.
Brungardt said the project would start within two weeks when all construction documents were signed.
That work will involve replacement of deteriorated concrete in the road’s base with asphalt plus drainage improvements, which will involve some new curb and guttering, re-establishing ditches and clearing blocked culverts. City crews have already done advanced work on the drainage improvements.
Shafer, Kline and Warren project manager Arnie Tulloch told the council in June the existing asphalt would first be milled from the 2.5 mile stretch. Work would then be done within the moving work zone on one lane only with the other lane open for traffic. Residents would not have to worry about losing access to their driveways overnight, he said.
There will be no designated detour established during construction.
The project has a substantial completion date of mid-September with final completion set for mid-October, Brungradt said.
With the project’s completion, the city council will revisit the ban of bicycles on 83rd Street east of Kill Creek Road.
Although there seemed to enough support on the council to rescind the ban during discussion last month, the council voted 3-2 last Thursday to continue to leave it in place — at least for now.
Councilman Ron McDaniel, who joined Betty Cannon and Mike Drennon in voting against lifting the ban, said he would reassess his position once the improvements were finished.
In other action, the council:
• Agreed to change the pool policy to allow water and food be brought in the facility but be limited to a designated area near the concessions.
• Awarded a $98,000 contract to McAnany Construction to repave 84th Street from the Community Center to Jaycee Street and Jaycee Street. The work is the city’s 2009 Community Development Block Grant project.