Archive for Wednesday, May 12, 2010

County to repave, improve road near Clinton Lake

May 12, 2010

Applying a fresh coat of asphalt and adding new paved shoulders to a road popular among users of Clinton Lake would cost $400,000 less than expected under a plan up for approval tonight.

The $2.45 million project — originally estimated to cost $2.85 million — is slated to begin in July along what’s known as the lake’s “circumference road,” which is County Road 1023/458, from Stull to County Road 1.

Work will be expected to last for three months in the 10.5-mile-long work zone, stretching along the western and southern edges of Clinton Lake and ending just north of the town of Lone Star.

Douglas County commissioners are expected to approve the hiring of Bettis Asphalt and Construction Inc., a Topeka-based contractor that submitted the lowest of three bids for the job. Commissioners will consider the contract during their early meeting session, which begins at 4 p.m. today at the County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.

The estimated 900 drivers who use the road daily — presumably more in the summer, as folks head to Bloomington Beach and other attractions on that side of the lake — will face delays as construction continues, but officials say the smoother ride and safety-oriented shoulders will more than make up for the relatively brief inconvenience.

“You’ll be amazed how much better that makes you feel, driving that road,” said Terese Gorman, the county’s engineering division manager. “That’s a huge safety improvement: It gives the driver some forgiveness, if they get their wheel out of their lane, on the edge. You have somewhere to go.”

The estimated $400,000 saved on the project will be applied toward future road work, Gorman said. Among the possibilities: resurfacing portions of 31st Street — known as North 1300 Road in the county — at the southeastern edge of Lawrence.

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