Schedule established for 83rd Street project
There has been a change in the scheduling approach to the city of De Soto’s 83rd Street project that gets underway Monday.
The $899,000 project is the most expensive street project the city has undertaken since the reconstruction of 83rd from downtown to Miller Park six years ago. Work will include milling the existing asphalt from 2.5 miles of 83rd Street east of Kill Creek Road to the Lenexa city limits and repaving the section with 2 inches of new asphalt. The work will also involve replacement of deteriorated concrete in the road’s base with asphalt and improvements to drainage with new curb and guttering, re-established ditches and the clearing of blocked culverts.
De Soto city engineer Mike Brungardt and Shafer, Kline and Warren project engineers had said asphalt would be stripped from the complete 2.5 mile stretch at the start of the project. However, work will now be done in two sections.
Mark Zarda, office manager for Blacktop Paving Inc., said the contractor would start work on the project next week with the removal and replacement of deteriorated curbs and guttering along the 2.5 mile stretch. That should take about a week, he said.
When that is completed, a Blacktop Paving crew will mill all the existing asphalt off the 83rd Street from Kill Creek Road east to Gardner Road, Zarda said. It will then move along the section to remove bad concrete sections and refill the spots with asphalt.
Once that is done, the section will be repaved, and work will move to the section east of Gardner Road to the Lenexa city limits.
The crew will work from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will limit traffic to one lane in work zones, Zarda said. That should allow most commuter traffic to clear before Blacktop Paving crews start working for the day, he said.
“During those eight hours in the work zone, it’s going to be 20 mph and one-lane traffic,” he said. “We’ll try to keep the work zones short as possible, but that short as possible may be a mile long.”
Zarda’s advised motorist to avoid driving on 83rd Street during the construction.
“I would,” he said. “I think it is going to back up pretty good.”
Brungardt said the city would not establish a designated detour during the construction because the roads to the south and north weren’t designed to handle the extra traffic.
Blacktop Paving will have 30 days to repave sections once the existing asphalt is milled from them, Zarda said.
“They gave us 90 days to complete the project, but once I mill it we have to have the new asphalt on it in 30 days,” he said. “I expect to have that first piece done in 37 days if everything goes well. We ought to have the whole thing done in mid-October. It will be 100 percent completed by the end of October.”
Helping to keep the project on schedule was the fact that only rain during actual construction hours would stop work, Zarda said.
Repeating earlier promises, Zarda said streets or sidewalks would be blocked during construction. Those access points would be completed in half sections so that traffic could continue to flow, he said.
The project was put on the Johnson County CARS project list, which means the county will pay for $417,000 of construction cost. Brungardt told the council last month there was a possibility the county would contribute more help cover an increase in its cost from original estimates.