Three road project contracts approved

By Jelani Yancey

Pottawatomie County commissioners Monday approved engineering contracts for three major road and bridge projects: improvements to the Flush Rd. intersection on U.S. Highway 24; replacement of a bridge on Flint Rock Rd.; and improvements to the Excel Rd. intersection of U.S. Highway 24.

The county received a Kansas Department of Transportation corridor improvement grants to add turning lanes at the Flush Rd. and Excel Rd. intersections. KDOT will pay for construction, with the county responsible for design, right-of-way purchase, and utility relocation, if needed.

The commission approved an agreement with Bartlett & West for design of the Flush Rd. project, scheduled for construction in the spring and summer of 2014; and with Schwab-Eaton for the Excel Rd. project, scheduled for construction in the spring of 2013.

The commission approved an agreement with Cook, Flatt & Strobel to design the Flint Rock Rd. bridge, damaged in flooding last spring.

Total cost of the new bridge is estimated at between $400,000 and $425,000. The county received a $200,000 reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for the project.

Also Monday, Sherri Schuck, county attorney, and Andrea Karnes, office manager, reported the following filings for the month of May: 36 criminal, 61 traffic, 13 juvenile offender, one child in need of care, four fish and game, and one care and treatment.

“Our numbers are up from last year and they’ll probably be up after this week (due to the annual Country Stampede),” Karnes said.

Bettis Asphalt, Topeka, was apparent low bidder for the county’s annual asphalt overlay project. Bettis’ bid of $480,345 was below the $493,950 bid submitted by Shilling Construction, Manhattan. The engineer’s estimate was $506,600.

Leu Lowrey, public works director, said he would make a recommendation to the commission after reviewing the bid documents.

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