Archive for Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Work on 158th Street set to begin

May 22, 2002

Construction on a Basehor city street that has been little more than gravel and rock in years past should begin in a week, Basehor city officials said.

Basehor City Codes Administrator Mike Hooper said construction on 158th Street, which runs between Kansas Highway 24/40 and Parallel Road, would probably begin next week.

Road construction will entail chipping and sealing the nearly one mile stretch of road and will cost approximately $185,000.

Developers of Prairie Gardens, a 550-to 600-home housing development, which 158th Street fronts, will pay for the project.

"The developer is doing the work and providing the funds," Hooper said.

However, a portion of the construction costs, approximately $50,000, will be picked up by Leavenworth County, he said.

"The city is sending a letter to the county asking for money (the county) pledged to the project," Hooper said.

Although the city is not funding the project, Hooper said Basehor would assume maintenance of 158th Street from the county when the project is completed.

There has been no timetable set on when the project will be completed, although Hooper said it could take several months.

As the project moves forward, access to the road could become limited at the north end, near Parallel Road, Hooper said.

Although closed on one end, Hooper said businesses and homes along 158th Street would still have access from the highway.

While one project is fast approaching, another is moving at a slower pace.

The city engineer is currently reviewing plans for a sewer interceptor line project that will connect residential and commercial developments south and east of the city to the Basehor wastewater treatment facility.

City officials have also just begun the process of obtaining land easements for the sewer line.

The interceptor line will run from a lift station on 163rd Street to Kansas Highway 24/40 and will connect with a similar line from developments south of the highway.

The interceptor line will also go east along the highway to 150th Street near the Prairie Lakes housing development.

The line was originally planned to run to Wolf Creek, but Hooper said those plans have been canceled.

"It looks like it won't go that far east," he said.

Another proposed change to the project was extending the interceptor line across the highway, to make it easier for potential commercial and existing residential areas to link up with the line.

City officials said extending the line would have cost an additional $75,000.

The Basehor City Council denied the proposed project change during its meeting Monday, May 20, because of the additional cost.

The current estimated cost of the project is approximately $1.8 million and construction should begin some time in the fall, city officials said.

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