We’re Rounding the Last Curve & Headed Into the Home Stretch!
The South Kansas Avenue Project from 6th to 10th street began a little more than a year ago with the demolition of the eastside of the street for placement of a new water main to replace the 100 year old one. Since then, other underground work has included new water and gas services to the some 90 addresses located there,; some new storm water infrastructure, and lots of new concrete from the face of buildings on the east side to the face of buildings on the west.
Through it all, the contractor is on schedule to meet the completion target date of Oct. 31 for the publicly paid portion of the project, except for some landscaping and benches. Those will be added in coordination with the completion of the privately paid-for pocket parks sometime next year.
As of August 1, most of the remaining work is on the west side as the contractor moves from south to north. Here is a rundown of what infrastructure remains to be placed:
- All blocks on the west side need street lights, crosswalks, and a mill and overlay. All blocks need the mid-block islands constructed, which will come at the very end of the project.
- 900 Block West Side Place concrete between the curb and sidewalkConstruct west portion of mid-block crosswalk
- 800 Block West SideConstruct west portion of mid-block crosswalk
- 700 Block West SideConstruct parking, sidewalk, area between the two, the radiuses at the intersections, place pedestrian pavers and install electrical .
- 600 Block West SideGas is finishing up thereConstruct parking, sidewalk, area between the two, and the radiuses at the intersections, place pedestrian pavers and install electrical.
Public Infrastructure Improvements:
More than $2 million in private investment has also been raised for amenities, pocket parks, and aesthetics.
- $3,759,000 – General Obligation bonds
- $1,050,000 – Citywide Half-Cent Sales Tax funds
- $158,000 – Utility Revenue bonds