City plans public meeting tonight to discuss County Road 1055 project
Those interested in a project to improve Douglas County Road 1055 north of U.S. Highway 56 should come tonight to the Baldwin High School cafeteria.
Baldwin City and Douglas County staffs are sponsoring a public meeting about the North Sixth Street Project. The meeting will be informal. Patrons are welcome to attend and ask questions about the project, its timeline and cost. The meeting will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at BHS.
“It’s an informative meeting to show the layout of the project and the design, as it is so far,” Baldwin City Administrator Jeff Dingman said. “It will give the public an idea of where the project stretches from and what it will do. It’s will also include a bit of information on the projected cost.”
The project will involve adding a third lane to County Road 1055 from just south of U.S. Highway 56, near the Kwik Shop, to Douglas County Road 12, which heads east to the state fishing lake. In addition to the third lane, sidewalks will be added on both sides of 1055.
“We are now incorporating a Corridor Management Fund Grant,” Dingman said. “The project is being designed to start at the alley south of the Kwik Shop. The corridor funding will pay for the addition to line up that intersection better. People will see specifically what that entails when they come to the meeting on Thursday.”
The project isn’t set to begin construction until 2012, but the city and county want to get information out about the project, because once the construction starts it will cause delays and detours to get in or out of Baldwin City.
“I believe they intend to bid the project near the end of this year,” Dingman said. “Then the construction time should be in 2012. That’s an important part of this meeting, too. The whole town is affected, because it’s a main way in and out of town. We want to let people know this project will probably last for all of 2012. There will be times when the road is 100 percent closed to traffic.”