Most of the asphalt paving work on the Highway 100 widening project was completed Monday by the paving contractor, a Missouri Department of Transportation official said.
Judy Wagner, MoDOT area engineer, said the contractor, Pace Construction, was able to complete asphalt paving of the existing highway lanes by Monday night, but still have to finish asphalt work on the shoulders and along Highway A/Jefferson Street.
“They plan on repairing deficiencies on the Route 100 mainline (driving lanes) later this week but the remainder of work has not been scheduled,” Wagner said.
Previously, Pace recently was issued a stop work order “until the quality of paving could be discussed,” Wagner said.
At that point, the contractor pulled its paving equipment off of the job to complete another project, Wagner said.
Some of the existing asphalt pavement will be replaced.
The two westbound lanes being added on the north side of the highway are paved with concrete, but the existing lanes are being resurfaced with asphalt so that they match the height of the new lanes.
Millstone Bangert Inc., the general contractor, was awarded the contract on a bid of $6,233,489.97 which is considerably lower than the construction estimate of $7,345,000 programmed in MoDOT’s five-year state transportation plan for the project.
Design changes, which pushed back the scheduled completion date, are expected to reduce the overall cost of the project.
The city and MoDOT have a cost-sharing agreement to fund the improvements similar to the one used to widen the highway east, from Washington to Interstate 44.
There was a considerable amount of savings on that phase which resulted in close to $3 million being transferred to the current project which extends west from Highway 47 to a point about 800 feet west of High Street.
The city also received close to a $1 million federal grant to improve the Highway 100/Route A intersection.
The city is funding its share of the 50-50 project out of the half-cent transportation sales tax approved by voters six years ago.
MoDOT has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony for 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25, to mark the opening of the new lanes. It will be held at the intersection of Highway 100 and Huxel Drive.