There are few issues that trouble local governing bodies as much as state and federal requirements that force changes to policies and infrastructure but provide no funding to accomplish the changes.
Augusta, like every municipality in Kansas, is being forced to update its street signs to meet new Federal Highway Administration reflectivity requirements.
Fortunately, the financial impact of these new requirements won’t be as great as early estimates indicated.
“We will save a lot of money by ordering in bulk,” said Interim City Manager Josh Shaw. “It is very good deal for us.”
The city expected the new signs throughout the city to cost about $135,000 over the next three years.
But thanks to the discount that ordering the signs in bulk will provide, the actual cost will probably be closer to $70,000 and will be accomplished in only two years.
The City Council also approved up to $160,000 for engineering services for the South Ohio Street project. The project would create a three-lane street from the new Kelly and Ohio Intersection south on Ohio to Main Street. The new road would be only a few feet wide than the existing two-lane road. There is currently $283,000 in the project fund.
The total project is estimated to cost more than $3 million.