Crews work to improve county road
Leavenworth County Road 7 north of Basehor may be a little bit of a mess right now, but the county's public works director said improvements to the road will greatly benefit those who travel on it.
The county hired King Construction of Oskaloosa to replace T-intersections at Dempsey and 155th Street and Dempsey and 159th Street with curves that are designed to ease the flow of traffic.
When the excavating is done, the road then will be chipped and sealed to further improve its condition.
"People didn't understand what we're doing," said Bill Green, director of Leavenworth County Public Works. "We're making it into a wider road with improved drainage."
The project between Fairmount and McIntyre roads was supposed to start in mid-April, but was delayed until May 1 because of rain. Green said they expect to have the grading done by mid-August and the base and chip and seal done by mid-September.
Funding will come from county assets as well as Road Impact Fees, which is money obtained from building permits and used to make road improvements in the immediate area.
"We took a chance," Green said. "We've got to excavate a little more than we thought, but it is a road we had scheduled to do. It's going to be one heck of an improvement."