Lawrence planning $62 million in projects for next year, including bus hub and new operations center

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Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured on May 3, 2016.

Projects the city is planning for next year include a new multi-department operations headquarters, a segment of the Lawrence Loop trail and a bus-transfer hub.

At its work session Tuesday, the Lawrence City Commission will review and provide input on the city’s draft 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Plan. The plan includes about $62 million in projects and purchases for next year, which will be finalized as part of the city’s budget process this summer. The draft plan is balanced in line with current five-year revenue projections, and includes a number of unfunded requests, according to a city staff memo to the commission.

The CIP consists of projects that exceed $100,000 and have an expected life of at least two years, according to the memo. Over the five-year period, the proposed plan calls for projects and purchases totaling about $301 million. Commissioners annually review and revise the plan for the upcoming year during the budget process.

The plan includes about $8 million of unfunded projects for next year and $97 million over the five-year period. The unfunded projects for next year include $1 million toward an approximately $7 million fire station; $300,000 for park land acquisition; and an additional $2.86 million for the street maintenance program.

After receiving input from the commission Tuesday, the 2020-2024 capital improvement plan will go to the planning commission for review. A final plan will be presented for adoption on June 18 as part of the city manager’s recommended budget.

Below are some of the projects and their descriptions that the draft capital improvement plan has scheduled for next year. The full draft of the plan and all project descriptions are available on the city’s website.

• Operations center for the public works, utilities and parks and recreation departments: The center calls for about $4 million in 2020, with a total project cost of about $29 million. The center would house the field crews for the departments in order to provide central, shared facilities and meetings rooms; create efficiencies with staff and equipment; and improve communications among departments.

• Downtown segment of Lawrence Loop Trail, 11th to 7th street: The segment calls for $830,000 in 2020, $480,000 of which comes from a Kansas Department of Transportation grant. Previously, $100,000 was allocated toward the project. The segment would complete the downtown section of the Lawrence Loop Trail, from 11th Street to the Santa Fe Depot on 7th Street.

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• Bus-transfer hub: The hub calls for $3.5 million in 2020, in addition to $1 million previously allocated for the project. The bus-transfer hub, which the commission recently voted to locate on Bob Billings Parkway, will serve as the primary station for the coordinated bus service provided by the city and the University of Kansas. The hub will provide amenities for transit users, bus drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists on the first floor and parking for students and the public on the upper level.

• City Hall reconfiguration: The reconfiguration of City Hall calls for $50,000 in 2020 and a total project cost of $4.7 million. The reconfiguration of the building is a five-year phased project that addresses the needs for more space in City Hall. The project would include reconfiguration of every floor of the building to maximize office, workstations and storage spaces; address compliance issues with the Americans with Disabilities Act; address security issues for employees.

• Lawrence Municipal Airport runway reconstruction: The reconstruction of the runway calls for $4 million in 2020, $400,000 of which would be city-funded and $3.6 million would come from the FAA. The main runway has weathering and block cracking throughout, and the rehabilitation will include milling off the existing surface and applying an overlay.

• 17th and Alabama street drainage improvement: The drainage improvements call for $2.5 million in 2020. Moderate rain events create street and property flooding, and the improvements would consolidate drainage and eliminate street flooding.

• Installation of automated water meter reading: The installation calls for $2.1 million in 2020, which is in addition to $10.9 million already spent on the project. The installation includes equipment, software and infrastructure as well as a communications network that allows additional water distribution and collection monitoring.

• Pump Station 9 main improvements: The improvements include $500,000 in 2020 and a total project cost of $6.3 million. The project will design and construct two new force mains that will deliver wastewater from Pump Station 9 to Pump Station 10. Pump Station 9 is located at 3613 Brush Creek Drive.

• Pump station 9 capacity expansion: The expansion calls for $500,000 in 2020, with a total project cost of about $3.3 million. Sewer flows upstream of the station have increased due to development and are at or above the station’s capacity. This project expands the station’s pumping capacity to 15 million gallons per day.

• 19th Street Reconstruction, Harper Street to O’Connell Road: The reconstruction calls for $1.1 million in 2020 with a total project cost of $3.6 million, including $750,000 from Douglas County for a segment adjacent the fairgrounds. The project includes construction of pavement, waterlines, storm sewers, sidewalks and bike lanes from Harper to O’Connell, as well as reconstruction of the intersection of 19th and Harper streets.

• Reconstruction of 23rd Street, Haskell Bridge to east city limits: The reconstruction calls for $500,000 in 2020 and a total project cost of about $9.8 million, including $4 million from KDOT and $1.8 million of federal funding. The project includes the construction of pavement, storm sewers and sidewalks on 23rd Street from the Haskell Bridge to the eastern city limits, as well as improvements to the Haskell Avenue intersection and access management improvements.

The City Commission will convene at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St.


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