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County OKs stormwater and paving projects

County OKs stormwater and paving projects

December 13th, 2017 by Jeff Haldiman in Local News

The Cole County Commission approved measures dealing with three improvement projects Tuesday at its regular meeting.

The first was a final closeout change order for Scherr Drive stormwater improvements. It came in under the contract amount so the change order deducts $1,665.88 for a new total of $107,868.58.

In August, commissioners approved Mera Excavating to make the improvements on Scherr in the Westview Heights area for a cost of $109,535. County Engineer Eric Landwehr said the pipe there had failed and collapsed. It is a small-scope stormwater pipe and inlet replacement near the intersection of Amanda Drive.

The second measure was an agreement for professional engineering services for the Waterford Road/Mount Hope Road gravel upgrade.

Engineering Surveys & Services will be the engineering company for this project. The agreement is for design work in the amount of $53,430. Engineering work will be completed by next summer, and the construction work will be bid at that time. The grading will take place next year, and paving will be done in 2019.

Mount Hope and Waterford roads meet the required traffic count of 125 cars a day for upgrades to paved roads. Construction costs are estimated at $500,000.

The third measure approved Tuesday is a supplemental agreement for the Crossroads, Southtown Estates and Rustic Oaks subdivisions' stormwater and street improvements project.

This will pay for additional engineering work by Engineering Surveys and Services. The design work was more than originally scoped, and the additional cost is $12,355.

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The project will replace all stormwater inlets and pipes then rebuild subdivision streets this coming summer.

The area south of Jefferson City off U.S. 54 includes parts of Monticello Road, Greenbrier Drive, Dewberry Drive, Horseshoe Road, Sycamore Lane and Rustic Lane. Approved in 2015, it took a year to complete the design work, along with getting easements. Public works officials noted there never had been stormwater easements in this area, so acquiring them took time.

The money to fund these projects comes from the half-cent capital improvements sales tax.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the commission approved three recommendations from the County Traffic and Safety Advisory Board regarding traffic control in the recently completed Parkview Meadows neighborhood improvement district in the St. Martins area.

The first calls for a 30 mph speed limit on Parkview Avenue from Route T to Summerhill Drive. Public works officials said this is the same speed limit found in most subdivisions throughout the county. Members of three homeowner associations had asked for the limit to be put in place.

The second is for a 30 mph speed limit on Randall Drive just east of Scott Station Road.

The third is for no parking on both sides of Randall Drive in the area the county now maintains after the NID work.