Archive for Friday, December 1, 2006

Price tag to increase on Bittersweet expansion project

December 1, 2006

In a special meeting Nov. 30, Lansing City Council members learned the cost to extend Bittersweet Street could cost significantly more than original estimates suggested.

John Young, director of public works, told the Council a preliminary cost estimate based on preliminary engineering plans by Wilson & Co., the design consultant, suggests the price tag could go up as much as $628,000 from the original price tag of $1.5 million.

However, Young said, the engineering estimate was based on Kansas Department of Transportation bid estimates and bidding the project locally could potentially trim at least $230,000 from the estimated increase.

"We will be looking with the consultant at every possible way we can to trim that number down," he said. "We've already found some things just by the virtue of local costs versus KDOT average costs, which they're using for their cost estimate, that will trim a considerable amount out of that increase."

Council members voted 6-0 to proceed with the design of the road and bridge, which will connect Bittersweet from Lansing Middle School to the new Lansing Elementary School. Council members Dee Hininger and Harland Russell were absent from the meeting.

The cost of the project will be split 50-50 with the Lansing school district.

Mayor Kenneth Bernard said he had notified Lansing schools superintendent Randal Bagby and school board members about the potential price increase.

Council members also passed a resolution, 6-0, to authorize the city to issue temporary notes for interim financing to pay expenses for the Bittersweet extension project and the Conway Heights Subdivision district.

For more on this story, check the Dec. 7 edition of The Current.


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