Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ADA-compliant ramps to be added at intersections as part of street repairs project

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 7/19/2013

Several blocks of Ottawa city streets are set to undergo repairs later this summer and fall.

Ottawa city commissioners voted 5-0 Wednesday to approve a more than $200,000 mill and overlay improvement proposal that would include 15 street projects, as well as add ramps at about 31 intersections to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Several blocks of Ottawa city streets are set to undergo repairs later this summer and fall.

Ottawa city commissioners voted 5-0 Wednesday to approve a more than $200,000 mill and overlay improvement proposal that would include 15 street projects, as well as add ramps at about 31 intersections to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The city’s 2013 Street Rehabilitation Program is being funded through $110,199 from the Kansas Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Local Projects and $100,000 in city funds — for a total budget of $210,199, city officials said.

City commissioners also Wednesday approved awarding the project to low bidder Killough Construction, Inc., 3633 U.S. 59, Ottawa. The estimated total cost of the street rehabilitation program is $198,110, according to city estimates, though Andy Haney, city public works director, said the actual cost is subject to change, depending on how much mill and overlay material is required. Regardless, Haney and other city officials expressed confidence the $210,199 in available funds should cover the project, including any potential overruns if more materials are required than originally estimated.

The ADA ramp installations, which are expected to cost $1,000 per intersection or $31,000, are including in the project’s estimated cost, Haney said. The intersections slated for improvements are located along the streets designated for mill and overlay work. Those 15 street projects are estimated to cost a total $167,110, according to city figures.

The improvement project likely will be completed by late fall, before Thanksgiving, Haney said.

The 15 street projects, and their estimated costs, are:

• Massasoit Street, from Poplar to Mulberry streets, edge mill and overlay, $6,000.

• Fourth Street, from Cedar to Hickory streets, mill and overlay, $8,995.

• Sixth Street, from Maple to Willow streets, mill and overlay, $6,694.

• Poplar Street, from Fourth to Third streets, level course and overlay, $9,840.

• Sycamore Street, from Wilson to Red Jacket streets, edge mill and overlay, $31,140.

• Powhattan Street, from Main to Cedar streets, mill and overlay, $12,732.

• Logan Street, from Main to Oak streets, edge mill and overlay, $18,318.

• Spruce Street, from K-68 to Fairway Drive, edge mill and overlay, $24,804.

• Sycamore Street, from Third to Fourth streets, level course and overlay, $9,914.

• Powhattan Street, from Hemlock to Spruce streets, edge mill and overlay, $3,182.

• Fifth Street, from Hickory to Main streets, edge mill and overlay, $13,857.

• Blackhawk Street, from Main to King streets, mill and overlay, $4,295.

• Third Street, from Elm to Maple streets, edge mill and overlay, $5,604.

• Third Street, from Walnut to Locus streets, mill and overlay, $5,886.

• Seventh Street, from Burrough to Linwood streets, edge mill and overlay, $5,850.

Richard Nienstedt, Ottawa city manager, told city commissioners Wednesday the city’s public works department already had been active in making ADA improvements to some of the city’s intersections, and including these 31 intersections as part of the street rehabilitation program would move that effort further ahead.

After the city gave the go-ahead for the street rehabilitation program Wednesday, Haney said he planned to meet with Killough representatives to establish an estimated start and completion date for the work, though he estimated it would be finished by Thanksgiving.

The Herald will provide a more detailed timeline for the project as soon as it becomes available.

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