Kansas Department of Transportation approves Augusta plans

Augusta’s streetscape plans have been approved by the Kansas Department of Transportation and city leaders want to move forward on implementing those plans.
City Engineer Martin Goedecke reviewed details of the plan with City Council members Monday night.
He expected bid documents to be ready by the end of May, a bid opening in early July. Goedecke said the Council could act on the bids around July 21.
He said the successful contractor could start around Sept. 1 and expected work to be finished by the summer of 2009.
The project, estimated at $1.9 million when it was sent to KDOT now carries an overall estimated cost of close to $2.4 million, according to discussion.
City Manager Bill Keefer reminded the Council it could not accept a higher bid unless the city has the funds on hand.
Crossing fingers and prayer were suggested should bids be higher than available monies.
As Goedecke discussed different phases of the downtown street improvement project from Third & State to the mid-block former railroad  crossing in the 600 block of State, he made suggestions where the overall cost might be reduced.
Some on the Council wondered if certain phases of the project could be added after  2009 when monies are available. That was talked about as a possibility.
Goedecke also highlighted information about the planned roundabout at Third & State with a center clock, four flower beds, and a fountain.
He said new curbing would not be necessary in the 300 block of State since those curbs were replaced in recent years.
The distance between inlaid sections of the sidewalk was talked about and 12 historic markers are planned in those areas.
The Council also commented on the cost and type of street light poles planned in the downtown area as well as proposed trees and shrubs.