Business 50 project on schedule

The Business 50 improvement project in Apache Flats is moving along on schedule, according to officials with the Cole County Public Works Department.

Don Schnieders Excavating Inc. has begun removing the pavement on the westbound lane, and poured some curb and gutter Monday. Crews will be working on this section over the next few weeks to get all the curb and gutter completed as well as driveway approaches and stormwater inlets.

When the concrete work adjacent to the street is completed, they will be placing asphalt pavement in the westbound lane and shifting the work area to the eastbound lane.

This work is scheduled to be completed at the end of April.

Schnieders was the low bidder for the project with a bid of $3.49 million.

The project will rebuild the road, add curbs and gutter, stormwater drainage and a sidewalk along the south side of the road from Country Club Drive west to past South Binder Lake and Babe Ruth drives.

The county also has an agreement with Jefferson City’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department to build a greenway trail on the north side, from South Binder Lake Road east to Country Club Drive, with the city agency paying $76,000 for the extra work.

Except for the north-side greenway work, the project is to be finished by Dec. 15.

Rainbow Drive will be the main detour during the work.

There are provisions in the contract to maintain access to all the property owners and all the businesses.

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