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Pleasant Drive work starts summer construction season

June 2, 2010

The local construction season got under way last week with the start of the reconstruction of Pleasant Drive south of Washington Street.

Tonganoxie City Administrator Mike Yanez said last week’s dry weather allowed the city public works crew to start work on Pleasant Drive from Washington Street to Delaware Drive. With new curbs on the street’s base in place, the city crew moved Tuesday a block to the west to Delaware Street, which also will be rebuilt south of Washington to Delaware Drive.

The two street projects were among those included in an $810,000 bonding package for street repairs the Tonganoxie City Council authorized last month.

Like all construction projects, the timelines for completion of the two street projects will depend on the weather, Yanez said. But he said he expected the city crew to make quick progress when it was time to lay asphalt.

Of course, the biggest summer project is the long-delayed and much-debated $438,495 Fourth Street third phase.

Yanez said he expected Meadows Construction workers would soon start removing trees and brush along the right of way.

The project will completely rebuild the street from the Tonganoxie Creek bridge east to South Park. The street will be widened to 30 feet with a six-inch asphalt cap over a solid base. The street will have curbs and gutters and a sidewalk on its south side.

Despite the scope of the project, one lane will be left open for east-west traffic during construction, Yanez said.

“Meadows is pretty good about that and aware of the need to keep one lane of traffic open,” he said. “It’s a safety concern, so emergency crews can get in and out, but so people living on the street can get access to their homes as well.”

Still, residents will have to endure some disruption during construction, Yanez said. Past experience suggests that although one or two residents will complain most will be understanding.

“It’s a give and take thing,” he said. “They give some sacrifices to have a good product in the end.”

One final 2010 street construction project is the Kansas Department of Transportation’s replacement of the bridge on Pleasant Street just south of Himpel Lumber and Building Supply. Yanez said that project would be bid late in the summer with construction set for late summer and fall, or after the Fourth Street project is completed.

Another major construction project slated for the summer is the $2.1 million BPU waterline. Yanez said the Kansas Department of Health and Environment approved the project design last week, which will allow the contractor to get started in coming weeks.

Unlike the street projects, the waterline installation will cause minimal disruption to residents, Yanez said.

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