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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 10:36 am

The Franklin County Commission recently approved paying additional costs to design a road project because the first plan fell through.

The first design for the Hogan Road project was almost 95 percent finished but now has to be reworked, said Franklin County Highway Administrator Eva Gadcke.

The additional $23,299 in design costs will be paid for with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent county dollars, said County Engineer Joe Feldmann.

The good news is that the redesign will result in the overall project cost going down.

Originally, the project cost was about $1.2 million, and now it may only cost about $1 million, Gadcke added.

“The increase is the cost for the consulting design,” Gadcke said. “The decrease will come at the end in construction when we’re not doing as much road surface and we’re not grading and building so much roadway.”

The project cost will be covered by 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent county funds.

The county commission recently amended its design contract with Cochran Engineering for the Hogan Road project.

“It’s a pretty big deal when you’re changing the grade after it’s already designed and you’re changing the road width after it’s already designed,” Gadcke said.

Plan Falls Through

The project is being scaled back because the original plan to have the state take over the road is no longer going forward.

“It was decided that MoDOT would not take ownership of that stretch of Hogan Road,” Gadcke said.

The original plan was for the Missouri Department of Transportation and the county to swap two roads.

The county would have taken over Route N from Bend Road bridge to Catawissa, and the state would have taken ownership of the piece of Hogan Road.

“We abolished that idea,” said Judy Wagner, MODOT area engineer.

That plan was developed by prior county commissioners, but the current county commission does not share those views, Wagner added.

When the road swap idea was being considered, MoDOT had plans to build a new Interstate 44 interchange between Gray Summit and Pacific, Wagner said. But with current economic conditions there is no funding for that project now.

She explained that the proposed interchange is part of a larger plan to realign state Highway 100 and bring it over I-44.

Cost Savings

Improving Hogan Road will not have to meet the stringent state standards since MoDOT will not take over the road now. But the road, which is near Gray Summit, will still be resurfaced and realigned, Gadcke said.

While there are extra costs associated with the redesign, the Hogan Road project will cost less overall since it will not have to meet the state standards, Wagner said.

The project is in the right of way acquisition phase now and construction could start late next year. It will improve a little more than a mile of Hogan Road and will include drainage improvements.

Originally, the road was going to have 4-foot shoulders, and now they will only be 2 feet. Also, the grade of the road won’t have to be as high.

The new design does not lower the standard, Gadcke said, adding that this is just an effort in “economizing” the project.

The amended contract brings Cochran’s total design costs for the project to $134,480 and $73,804 for construction engineering.

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