Archive for Thursday, November 3, 2005

Hollingsworth Road improvements up for review

November 3, 2005

Next week, Basehor city engineer Joe McAfee will present four options, all of which have been reviewed by the Leavenworth County Commission, for improving a dilapidated section of Hollingsworth Road.

Basehor City Council members are scheduled to approve one of the options during their next meeting, which is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 at Basehor City Hall.

Basehor Mayor Chris Garcia said the options presented by McAfee, and given the green light by the county, will closely resemble options previously formed by the city council for improving the road.

"I don't expect there to be any major changes," Garcia said. "I think they're pretty similar."

Although the exact scope of the project has not been determined, city officials have expressed interest in improving Hollingsworth Road -- a gravel road -- into a hard surface road from 147th Street east to Kansas Highway 7.

A cost estimate for the road improvement project has not yet been released. Funding for the project will come from private and public sources.

Council members have discussed with county officials whether the county will participate in the improvement project. Garcia said that discussion continues and that the county has been receptive to the idea of providing labor for the project.

The city would pay for materials, the mayor added.

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

Repairing Hollingsworth Road is considered a priority by city officials because of its importance to existing and future development. It is a main entrance road into the Falcon Lakes residential development and golf course, and other residential developers are considering Hollingsworth Road for future projects.

Building permits for one of those developments, Hollingsworth Estates, were approved, contingent upon the completion of the road improvements.

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