Archive for Thursday, June 17, 2004

Basehor seeks grant to help with street repairs

June 17, 2004

The Basehor City Council is exploring a major street project, one leg of which is estimated to cost between $1.8 and $2 million.

At Monday night's City Council meeting, members unanimously approved authorizing Basehor city administrator David Fuqua to begin the process of grant writing and discussions with state transportation officials about the project.

The original proposal Monday night was to move forward with a grant that would help pay for the widening of 155th Street, from Kansas Highway 24/40 north to Parallel Road. However, after some discussion, city officials felt a bigger project necessary; they choose to move forward with the same plans for 155th Street but add improvement of 158th Street and construction of frontage road off 158th Street to the shopping cart.

It's the city's hope to acquire grant money from the Kansas Department of Transportation for the project. Fuqua said he's spoken with state highway officials about the department of transportation funding at least the 155th Street part of the project. The officials were receptive to the idea, Fuqua said.

"We are sitting on a good opportunity with the highway commissioner on our side," the city administrator said.

Whether the state will fund other parts of the project is unknown and the city must still go through the proper channels to acquire the grant. Paperwork for projects to be considered by the state for funding is due Aug. 2.

The original part of the project, the widening of 155th Street, is necessary for the city, officials said.

The improvement of 158th Street -- an area developing residentially and commercially -- and the frontage road would open up development in those areas, city officials said. The frontage road could open up approximately 50 acres that are currently landlocked for development.

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