Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2007

Work to begin on Bittersweet extension

September 13, 2007

Work on the Bittersweet Street extension will begin next week, Lansing School Board members learned Monday in a joint meeting with the Lansing City Council.

The school board was told that Bryan-Ohlmeier Construction of Paola has been hired for the joint city-school district project and that work will begin on Sept. 17. While a completion date is not set exactly, the council said it expected the date to be close to the time of the completion date of the elementary school in February 2008.

Bittersweet Street runs west of Lansing Middle School but currently comes to a dead end at Brook Meadow Road. The $1.625 million project will extend the street from its dead end to West Mary Street, producing a connecting route from the new elementary school north to the Middle School and Ida Street.

When it came time for the school board's report, Dale Bohannon, director of maintenance/capital improvement, said construction of the elementary school and the high school auditorium was moving along on schedule.

He said most of the ductwork was completed, 70 percent of the sprinkler piping was installed and brickwork was beginning. In the next 30 days, Bohannon said curbs and asphalt should begin being laid, which he said would help with mud getting into the street.

He said at the moment most of the work was taking place inside the building, so it may seem like progress was slow, but in reality there is a large amount of workers hard at work each day.

Twice a year the City Council and School Board members conduct a special joint meeting to discuss projects that affect both groups in an effort to foster collaboration among their members.

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