City officials hope that a pre-construction conference can be held soon in preparation for the major resurfacing project on 14th and Stafford streets.

City council members Monday night approved an ordinance awarding the contract to N.B. West Contracting Company which bid $874,702 to do the project.

Andrea Lueken, assistant city engineer, said after the contract is signed by the mayor and the company, and MoDOT approves the contract, then the pre-construction meeting can be scheduled.

“We’re hoping to get that done next week,” Lueken told The Missourian.

Lueken said K.J. Unnerstall Construction, the main subcontractor on the job, has already been inquiring about when they can start work.

Unnerstall submitted a bid of $878,741 for the general contract. A third bidder, Gershenson Construction Company, quoted a price of $1,055,371.87.

The contract calls for the project to be completed by Nov. 1.

It 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, Lueken said in a letter to the council.