Archive for Sunday, July 21, 2013

Eisenhower Street upgrade to get underway

Work will start Monday on a joint city, Douglas County project to chip seal Eisenhower Street from north of the high school to Douglas County North 400 Road. The project is expected to take three weeks, but be finished before the start of school.

Work will start Monday on a joint city, Douglas County project to chip seal Eisenhower Street from north of the high school to Douglas County North 400 Road. The project is expected to take three weeks, but be finished before the start of school.

July 21, 2013

As she vacuumed a family car Friday, Janet Morgenstern said less dust will be one of the benefits of a road project set to start Monday behind her home.

Work starts Monday to pave the gravel stretch of Eisenhower Road between the Baldwin High School parking lot and Douglas County 400 Road.

“Like everything, you have a little pain with the good,” she said. “I’m not looking forward to the process, but it will be nice when it’s finished. It will reduce the dust and be much safer.”

Keith Browning, Douglas County public works director, said the project should be finished in three weeks or before the start of the 2013-2014 school year. The section of the street to be improved will be closed for the duration of construction, he said.

The street marks the eastern limits of Baldwin City. The lane west of the centerline is in the city and the lane east of the line is in unincorporated Douglas County. The city and county are splitting the cost of the $173,000 paving project, to be done by contractor Bettis Asphalt of Topeka, Browning said. The county is acting as the lead agency and administrating the contract, he said.

“The city has agreed to take over maintenance of the street following the project,” Browning said.

Work will start with the extension of a number of culverts and minor grading to address drainage issues, Browning said. The road base will then be improved with a 6-inch layer of base material before the section is sealed and paved with chip-seal, he said. Required cure periods for the base and sealing with take up much of the three-week construction schedule, he said.

When the Baldwin City Council approved the project last year, City Administrator Chris Lowe said the improvement was a transitional step until development to the east of the street would require more extensive upgrades that meet city street standards.

Browning made the same point as the work was set to start, noting the roadway would remain 22 feet wide.

“I think everyone agrees this is not the ultimate improvement for this road,” he said. “When the city expands, the road will have to be reconstructed.”


Stacy Napier 5 years, 12 months ago

Nice now when are you going to pave the other gavel road in town?


Goldie 5 years, 12 months ago

When you change your name to Plumberg. Another slap in the face to those residing south of 56.


Nathaniel Johnson 5 years, 12 months ago

@Goldie The Plumberg's live on Orange Street as far South as you can in Baldwin.


1776attorney 5 years, 12 months ago

Perhaps Mr. Lowe needs to study the land ownership and deeds east of Eisenhower and he would know that it is unlikely that any development is planned or possible on those parcels. That land is locked out of development.

This article and the statements by Mr. Lowe just proves what I have been saying for 3 years now. The city center of Baldwin City is neglected and allowed to deteriorate while in secret, behind closed doors, city leaders, developers and business profiteers are milking the south of Highway 56 taxpayers to finance improvements north of the city.

Another $86,500 (1/2 of $173,000) of taxpayer funds (along with the $90,000 noted in the city budget article for signage and the business park study) wasted on projects benefiting the behnd-the-scenes crowd that should be invested in ADA approved sidewalks, curbing, street lighting and rain water sewage around the downtown city center of town.

City leaders are blind (perhaps willingly) to the concerns of taxpayers and what taxpayers want done with their tax dollars.


1776attorney 5 years, 12 months ago

One important point that voters and taxpayers should note-

The following city government personnel, both hired and elected, have their homes in the north of Highway 56 neighborhoods that are receiving taxpayer funded improvements and development (like a new 1055 roadway, sidewalks, Eisenhower Street, and a proposed walking/nature trail, etc.).

Chris Lowe, City Manager, 1205 Signal Lake Court

Christi Darnell, City Council, 1214 Long Creek Court

Shane Starkey, City Council, 201 Signal Oak Court


Goldie 5 years, 11 months ago

Apologies for the bad information.


Sherwood 5 years, 11 months ago

Regarding the government personnel above and the 1055 roadway and sidewalks please note the following: Shane Starkey voted against it (see 6-9-11 article on City Council endorses County road 1055 resolution). Chris Lowe wasn't appointed until Sept of 2011 and Christi Darnell obviously was not part of that vote either since she was just elected to the council.


Bloggerboo 5 years, 11 months ago

Something to think about, eh, 1776?


1776attorney 5 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for your comments, Sherwood, but I am not sure what your comments have to do with my contributions other than to provide additional information.

My comments are in regards to taxpayer funds being siphoned off to the north Highway 56 neighborhoods, on a business park study that will never be objective on a type of project that has failed for most cities and an extravagant waste of $50,000 on new signage to show travelers "they've arrived" in Baldwin City. These are just a few examples.

While the above 3 government representatives may not have been around for past expenditures, I can tell you that on future north of Highway 56 projects, some of them are on the bandwagon behind the scenes. So it is worth noting where they own property and how these improvements benefit them directly.


straightforward 5 years, 11 months ago

Before the city/county improved 6th street from 56 hwy north, they improved the portion of 6th street from 56 hwy south. The city also remodeled downtown and re-built the women's bridge at 10th and High. The nicest park in town is adjacent to the pool and the city is getting ready to expand the library. I don't deny there is still work that could be done, but the portion of Baldwin south of hwy 56 is hardly being neglected.


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