Archive for Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Street renovation on drawing board

September 25, 2002

Engineers have outlined what Fourth Street's second improvement stage could look like.

Now the Tonganoxie City Council will seek input from local churches and residents before going through with the plans.

Brian Kingsley, of BG Consultants, Lawrence, the city's engineering firm, said improvements were drawn up, but weren't definite.

"We're not asking for any action, we just want everybody's thoughts," Kingsley said.

The proposed project would create new sidewalks and curbs from U.S. Highway 24-40 to where the recent Fourth Street renovation project ended at Fourth and Green streets.

Parallel parking also has been proposed on both sides of Fourth Street between Church and Green streets. A parking lot just south of the Tonganoxie Elementary School would also be created. A semi-circle turnaround is currently at the location, but that would be turned into a parking lot with access available only from Shawnee Street.

Decorative lights are also proposed, but they will be spaced out more than those already along the downtown street.

"They're spaced out a little further apart, but it should tie the two projects together," Kingsley said.

The project is estimated at roughly $450,000. Financing already has been approved by the city council through a temporary note.

The school board approved of the proposals near the elementary school at its meeting two weeks ago. Now, the city council looks to get feedback from residents and churches along the street.

"The next step in the process would be to solicit input," said Shane Krull, city administrator.

Butch Rodgers, public works director, said that, if approved, the project would start next May and finish up before school begins next September.

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