The city will contract with Cochran Engineering to prepare applications for federal funds for three street repairs in the next round of East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGW) surface transportation program (STP) funding.

Aldermen approved the agreement at the May 1 board meeting.

The city will request funds to rebuild the Denton Road Bridge, build a section of sidewalks on Osage Street and complete improvements on Candlewick-Industrial Drive Phase 2.

If awarded, any grant would be a matching fund award with the federal government paying 80 percent of the project cost and the city of Pacific paying 20 percent.

The Denton Road Bridge over Brush Creek served as a truck route to the industrial parks until MoDOT lowered the weight limit on the bridge in August 2015, limiting the weight of trucks crossing the bridge to 20 tons.

Since 18-wheelers and their loads can weigh up to 40 tons, the road could no longer be used as a truck route to the industrial park.

Alderman Ed Gass said the city should seek funds to rebuild the bridge and return Denton Road as the preferred truck route.

The Osage Street sidewalk project is a favorite of Alderman Carol Johnson. The city previously applied for funds to build new sidewalks on Osage Street from First to Payne Street, but the request did not make the cut.

The sidewalks were to be built in two sections, one from First Street to North Second Street allowing pedestrians to walk up to Blackburn Park. The second, from Payne Street to the eastern edge of Adam’s Garden, would allow pedestrians to walk to that park. There would be no sidewalk in front of the bluff.

Johnson called for the re-application of funds to construct the sidewalks, saying the city should try to complete all partially completed projects. The cost of the project is estimated at $750,000.

Candlewick Lane has been on the city’s road improvement priority list for more than 10 years. Phase 2 of the Candlewick Lane-Industrial Drive project calls for tearing out the roadway and completely rebuilding it from Highway N to Industrial Drive.

Applications for all three projects will be forwarded to EWGW by the June deadline, City Administrator Steve Roth said.