Archive for Thursday, February 3, 2011

KDOT offers Basehor $1 million to connect 155th, 158th Streets north of 24-40

February 3, 2011

The Kansas Department of Transportation is offering the city of Basehor up to $1 million to fund a possible extension of Wolf Creek Parkway to stretch between 155th and 158th Streets, KDOT announced today.

The offer of funding will hinge on the city's willingness to fund the rest of the cost of the road's construction, city administrator Mark Loughry said. The construction would probably not begin until spring 2012 at the earliest, he said.

If the Basehor City Council approves the project, it will provide a connection between 155th and 158th Streets that could alleviate traffic on U.S. Highway 24-40 between those two streets, Loughry said, and also provide access to properties north of the highway in that area.

“From the city's standpoint, it increases marketable commercial properties,” Loughry said.

But the improvement will still come with a significant price tag for Basehor. The total cost of constructing that stretch of road would probably come to roughly $1.4 million, Loughry said, which would leave the city on the hook for about $400,000.

“Free money is never free,” he said.

The city council will decide whether to accept the grant and take on that cost, probably at its March meeting, Loughry said.

City officials submitted a proposal for the project to KDOT in fall 2010, Loughry said.

The proposed project is one of 13 across the state, with a total estimated cost of $7.5 million, for which KDOT announced funding offers Thursday through its Corridor Management Program. The program helps local governments plan and fund projects that will provide for traffic growth on highway corridors, according to a KDOT release.

For more on this story, check next week's print edition of the Sentinel.

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