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Posted: Saturday, June 16, 2012 12:31 pm | Updated: 7:19 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

Federal grants for a Judith Spring Road bridge project and Phase II of the Prairie Dell Road improvement project soon will be presented for final approval.

Both projects are on the draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) under consideration by the East-West Gateway (EWGW) Council of Governments.

EWGW representatives and Missouri Department of Transportation engineers were on hand Wednesday at an open house meeting on the 2013-2016 TIP Wednesday at the Franklin County Government Center, Union.

The EWGW board of directors will make a final decision on the projects during its July 25 meeting.

Construction date for the projects would be federal fiscal year 2015, which begins October 2014.

Both projects require a 20 percent local match.

The draft has been submitted for approval to East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWGW).

Zimmermann said he received information from EWGW May 4. The EWGW board of directors will make a final decision on the projects during its July 25 meeting.

Construction date for the projects would be federal fiscal year 2015, which begins October 2014.

Both projects require a 20 percent local match.

Judith Spring Road

The total cost for the bridge replacement project on Judith Spring Road is estimated at $556,326.

The city may receive some funding for the Judith Spring Road project from the Union Special Road District. The entire stretch of the road was within the road district, but the city adopted portions of the road.

According to the bridge inspection report from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Judith Spring Road north of old Highway 50 over Flat Creek, was built in 1960 and has a sufficiency rating of 31.1 percent.

The bridge has the lowest sufficiency rating than any other bridge in the city limits.

Prairie Dell Road

The project would extend already planned improvements on Prairie Dell Road to College Road.

The scope of the proposed project includes widening of the roadway, and new sidewalks. The project is estimated to cost $1,352,250.

Under the current project, in the TIP for 2012-2015, Prairie Dell Road will undergo pavement improvements, pedestrian enhancements, curb and gutter work and widening of the road.

Prairie Dell is a narrow road — about 22 to 23 feet wide, officials have said.

Projects in the annual TIP generally follow a three-year cycle, with design work done the first year, followed by right of way acquisition if needed and finally construction in the third year.

The city has four projects in the current 2012-2015 TIP, including Phase I of Prairie Dell and widening of Denmark Road from Progress Parkway to St. Andrews Drive which is estimated to cost $1,067,320 including a city match of $183,342.

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