Archive for Thursday, May 14, 2009

City finds funds for 83rd Stree project

May 14, 2009

The De Soto City Council agreed last Thursday to use unencumbered capital project funds to make up any shortfall in this year’s major city road project.

With the decision, the city will mill the existing asphalt from 2.5 miles of 83rd Street east of Kill Creek Road to the Lenexa city limits and repave the section with 2 inches of new asphalt. But it is the work that will occur between the milling and repaving that will take up the majority of what could be, depending on the weather, a 60-day project with work starting in July.

That work will 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 clearing blocked culverts.

Last month, Shafer, Kline & Warren, the engineering review firm for the 83rd Street resurfacing project, estimated another $142,000 above the $834,000 available was needed to complete the project.

Johnson County is providing $417,000 toward the project’s construction through its revenue sharing CARS program. With the higher estimate and engineering costs, the city’s construction estimate increased from $417,000 to about $490,000. The city is also paying the $69,250 engineering and design cost.

De Soto City Administrator Pat Guilfoyle said the city’s capital improvement fund — primarily funded from gas and fuel taxes distributed by the state — would have a year-end balance of $662,000 and could comfortably provide the $142,000 needed to complete the 83rd Street resurfacing as planned. That estimate was a conservative one that anticipated the state would grab more of the fuel tax funds shared with municipalities as it dealt with its fiscal shortfall, Guilfoyle said.

City engineer Mike Brungardt said the $142,000 shortfall was an estimate Shafer, Kline & Warren developed after studying the street. But with contractors needing work, he was hopeful the bids would be as attractive as those received for other recent city projects. The 83rd Street project would be out for bid later this month, before projects funded through federally stimulus dollars hit the street, he said.

There was also a chance the city could ask the county to increase its participation in the project, Brungardt said.

While hopeful of attractive bids and additional county money, the CARS money already approved may the project a bargain for the city, Guilfoyle said.

“We’re still paying 60 cents on the dollar to get the project done right to one of our more heavily traveled roadways,” he said.

The council agreed and unanimously voted to use money from the capital improvement fund to make up a shortfall.

Shafer, Kline and Warren project manager Arnie Tulloch said the reason the estimate increased was the amount of patching needed on the concrete base and the amount of needed drainage improvements. He was confident the surveys the firm completed on the road, which included GPS identification of problem areas, would prevent costly discoveries of more bad sections of road base once the asphalt was removed.

The old Kansas Highway 10 roadway had curb and guttering at the tops of hills that drained water to natural run-off areas in low areas, Tulloch said. That system worked well until subsequent repaving raised the roadway above the curbs, he said.

The project would replace the curbs and guttering on hills and improve run-off in the valleys, Tulloch said. In some places, that would be done with the addition of drainage aprons covered with asphalt milled from the road, he said.

Tulloch told the about one dozen residents attending the meeting that once the existing asphalt was milled from the road, work would 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.

Furthermore, the city would not establish a designated detour because it did not want place additional traffic on the rural roads in east De Soto, Brungardt said.

Tulloch explained to the residents one of the reasons the intersections of Corliss and Waverly were so rough was the old curb system was buried beneath asphalt at those corners. The old curbing would be removed to be replaced up-to-date curb system at the intersections, he said.

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