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County commissioners plan road improvements

March 27, 2003

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Douglas County commissioners Wednesday night selected three road and bridge projects for placement on a five-year priority list.

The county is required by the federal government to prepare the list if it wants federal funding to pay for 80 percent of the costs.

Commissioners Bob Johnson, Charles Jones and Jere McElhaney made one change to the list initially submitted for approval by County Engineer Keith Browning.

Commissioners decided to scratch a two-mile reconstruction of County Road 438 from County Road 1029 east to Kansas Highway 10.

Instead commissioners listed the replacement of a bridge on County Road 1055 just south of County Road 458. Browning had listed the project as a possible option for inclusion as one of the five-year priorities.

The bridge deck was in poor condition and on a significant county road link between Baldwin and Lawrence, Browning said. Total cost of the project is expected to be more than $720,000.

The other two projects approved:

l Improvements to County Road 442 from East 318 Road to County Road 1029, to include grading, addition of shoulders, extending or replacing culverts and construction of one bridge. This project is already under way, Browning said. It carries a total cost of $1.4 million.

l Similar improvements to County Road 1029 from County Road 438 to Lecompton. Bids are to be let for the project in September.

In other action, commissioners agreed to split with the city of Eudora the $6,500 cost of an improvement study for County Road 1061 from 14th and Church streets south to 28th Street.

The study will be conducted by BG Consultants Inc.

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