Work has begun on a major resurfacing project on 14th and Stafford streets.
A pre-construction conference took place Monday and the city and contractor, N.B. West, were given the go-ahead from MoDOT to start work. Andrea Lueken, assistant city engineer, said workers were out Tuesday removing fencing near Washington Middle School to prep for the project.
“We’re just in the beginning stages and hopefully everything goes smoothly,” Lueken said.
Once the fence work is done, Lueken said bigger work should begin next week.
“We expect they will start preparing next week to install sidewalks,” Lueken said.
After the sidewalks Lueken said the city is unsure of the next step of the process.
“They’re working on providing the construction schedule,” she said.
Lueken said she expected a minimal traffic impact.
“I don’t expect any traffic delays, mainly because they’ll be working behind the curb and gutter,” Lueken said. “Fourteenth Street is wide enough that, if they do have equipment in the roadway, traffic should be able to get around it.”
When work moves toward the Highway 47 intersection with 14th Street, Lueken said there could be some short-term problems.
“The only time it could be an issue is at 14th and Highway 47 — it could get a little a congested,” Lueken said. “But the good news is, they’re not going to be there very long.”
The contract calls for the project to be finished by Nov. 1.
The project will involve resurfacing approximately two miles of pavement on both streets and related concrete work.
Stafford will be resurfaced between 14th and Front streets and 14th will be paved from Stafford to Highway 47.
The project also will include new sidewalks along the north side of 14th Street, from Jefferson Street to Highway 47.
Sections of existing sidewalks and curbing on both Stafford and 14th will be repaired.
Lueken said the plan is to start the project on 14th Street so that stretch is completed before the start of school.
The project is being funded with a federal grant through the regional Transportation Improvement Program which will pay 80 percent of the total cost.
The city also received a $44,875 Franklin County grant which will be applied toward the project. The county allocates 5 percent of its transportation sales tax revenue toward grants for cities and special road districts each year.
The original cost estimate on the project was $1.3 million but that was reduced because some sidewalk work was removed due to opposition from some property owners.
Under the current breakdown on construction costs, the federal share is $699,762.24 and the city’s share is $174,940.56.