Archive for Thursday, August 25, 2005

Improvements scheduled for two Basehor area roads

August 25, 2005

Basehor city officials are continuing with plans to make extensive improvements to two of the city's most dilapidated roads, 147th Street and Hollingsworth Road.

In May, city officials and members of the Basehor City Council labeled the two streets as vital for economic and residential development and targeted them for significant upgrades.

City officials briefly discussed the road projects at last week's meeting. A cost estimate for either of the road improvement projects has not yet been released.

Along Hollingsworth Road, north of Falcon Lakes, several residential developments are planned. Building permits for one of those developments, Hollingsworth Estates, was approved contingent upon the completion of the road improvements.

Although the definitive scope of the road work has not yet been determined, what is know is that Hollingsworth Road -- a gravel road -- will be upgraded to a chip-and-seal hard surface. There are four options for improving the road and costs for those options vary from $188,000 to $897,000, according to information released last week.

Funding for the road will come from both public and private sources.

Council members met with the Leavenworth County Commission last week to discuss whether the county would participate in the improvement project as well. Thus far, the county has not committed to providing any resources to the project, but during the meeting county officials said they would consider providing labor toward the roadway's improvement.

An agreement with Leavenworth County states that the county will maintain the roadway until 2006 or until the city makes improvements.

The project for 147th Street is also continuing. Work will include building a concrete apron at the intersection of Parallel Road and 147th Street, cutting ditches for drainage, relocating utilities, reducing a hill and laying asphalt.

City engineer Joe McAfee was scheduled to meet soon with property owners along 147th Street in hopes of acquiring right of way agreements to proceed with the project.

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