Archive for Monday, September 19, 2005

Council action clears way for work on East Eisenhower

September 19, 2005, 11:45 a.m.

Updated: September 22, 2005, 6:59 a.m.

Action by the Lansing City Council on Thursday cleared the last hurdle toward a widening project on East Eisenhower Road.

The council, after a 30-minute executive session on Thursday, voted 6-0 to direct City Administrator Mike Smith to complete negotiations with Speedway Chrysler Dodge Jeep for a piece of property needed for the estimated $2.313 million project.

John Young, the city's public works director, said plans call for widening and rebuilding East Eisenhower from Main Street to Kansas Highway 5 and installing curbs, gutters and storm sewers. Pedestrians will have a new sidewalk on the north side of the road. Drivers will be able to use new turn lanes at both ends of East Eisenhower.

Other features of the project, Young said, are to eliminate the skewed three-pronged intersection at Eighth Street and Eisenhower and to evenly align Seventh Street on the north and south sides of Eisenhower.

When Smith seals the deal with Speedway, the city will own all of the right of way necessary for the project.

"Speedway was the last one we were able to come to terms with," Smith said after the meeting.

The city will pay $200,000 to purchase the property, move a driveway, install temporary lights while construction is under way and install permanent lights once the project is finished, Smith said.

The $200,000 isn't a budget-buster for the project, Smith said, noting that since the land is zoned for commercial use it is more expensive than other right of way purchased for the project.

Of the project's total cost, the city's share is estimated at $913,000. The federal government is picking up the remainder of the tab, Young said.

The road-widening is the last project from the 1996 countywide sales tax referendum that the city promised to develop.

Some utility work already is under way on East Eisenhower, but actual construction is slated for spring 2006.

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