Public meeting set on Business 50 project

A car drives down Business Route 50 West. A planned reconstruction project will improve the Apache Flats section of the road between Country Club Drive and Binder Park.

A car drives down Business Route 50 West. A planned reconstruction project will improve the Apache Flats section of the road between Country Club Drive and Binder Park.

Cole County officials have scheduled an informational public meeting next week for the Business 50 West Improvements Project.

The meeting will be from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Marine Corps League, 4925 Business 50 West at Apache Flats. The entrance and parking is at the back of the building.

The meeting will be an open house format with displays available for viewing and residents can come and go as they please.

Don Schnieders Excavating Company Inc. was awarded the contract for the the project by the county commission in January. Representatives from the contractor will be at the meeting to discuss the project. Their proposed construction phasing and traffic control plan will be on display. They have indicated that they plan to start work on March 3.

Schnieders was the low bidder for the project at $3,498,955.21.

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, and Schnieders could earn a $30,000 bonus if they’re finished 15 days ahead of schedule.

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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