Bluff Road

The second phase of the Bluff Road reconstruction project begins Monday, presenting motorists with new challenges entering the Schulze Industrial Park.

During this part of the project, Bluff Road will be closed from Westlink Drive to Highway 100.

Traffic from Highway 100 will be rerouted to Vossbrink Drive where a temporary traffic signal has been in operation. The signal is timed and motorists are urged to use caution while traveling through the intersection.

The Westlink Drive and Bluff Road intersection will be open, so additional traffic is expected through Washington during the remainder of the 90-day project.

Phase II includes the replacement of a box culvert near the ZX Gas Station.

The project includes a 4-inch asphalt overlay from Highway 100 to the north city limits, improving a grade condition by elevating the road north of the approach to Highway 100, and adding a right-turn lane from Bluff onto westbound Highway 100.

The work also will add safety improvements with 2-foot shoulders and guardrails along a portion of the road north of Highway 100, and relocation of Missouri Department of Transportation traffic signals and controller and an Ameren light pole.

Phase one of the project was a complete roadway replacement between M.E. Frick and Lange Drive.

KJ Unnerstall Construction, Washington, is conducting the work.

The work will be funded, primarily, through a Surface Transportation Program (STP) grant.

Unnerstall was the low bidder for the project at $1,228,469. The city received two other bids, from Gershenson Construction Co., Eureka, $1,701,923.25; and Pavement Solutions, St. Peters, $1,295,770.11. However, Pavement Solutions did not meet bid specifications because the bid lacked an itemized bid form for a portion of the work.

Included in the bid specs was an alternate bid package, which included an approximate $20,000 reduction in cost, Nilges explained, adding that it is rare that alternate bids are for a lower cost.

The STP grant will fund $591,449.96 of the project, and the city will receive $120,000 from MoDOT Small Urban Non-Attributable Federal Aid Funds that will expire in 2019 if they are not used.

The city also will utilize a Franklin County Transportation Grant of $50,000. The remaining $467,019 will come from the city’s coffers, including $227,450.90 from the city’s transportation sales tax and $223,772.14 from the stormwater fund. The majority of the culvert replacement will be funded through the city’s stormwater fund.

This project schedule is subject to change. Additional information will be provided as work progresses. For updated information about closures, people may visit the city of Washington and the city’s emergency management agency Facebook pages, as well as emissourian.com.