Archive for Thursday, April 8, 2004

Basehor looking for grant funds

April 8, 2004

Basehor city administrator David Fuqua said he is continuing to research grant opportunities available to the city for the improvement and repair of streets.

The city would like find funding from outside agencies to put toward the improvement and repair of major collector streets such as Parallel and Leavenworth roads and 155th and 158th streets.

While none of the grants the city is pursuing will be awarded on the immediate horizon, Fuqua said he's been encouraged to learn of the grants available.

"There is money out there," he said.

By city calculations, it costs more than $1 million to improve a one-mile stretch of road up to standards listed in city codes.

Perhaps the most pressing street in need of repair is 147th Street. In previous meetings the City Council has discussed repairing a half-mile to mile section of the roadway, which would cost approximately $680,000.

The street is deteriorating and putting pressure on Parallel Road, city officials said, and needs to be repaired so it won't inflict further damage to Parallel.

Repairing 147th would serve a few different purposes. Fuqua said that an improved street would be beneficial to the existing and future businesses as well as residents living along the roadway.

The best case scenario for any major repairs to be made along 147th Street would be early this summer, Fuqua said.

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