The City of Ottawa is a step closer to adding a stoplight and making other improvements to the K-68 and Davis Road intersection on the city’s east side.

Ottawa city commissioners voted 4-0 earlier in February to approve an ordinance allowing the execution of a loan agreement between the city and the Kansas Transportation Revolving Fund to finance the city’s portion of the project.

Scott Bird, the city’s finance director, said the total project cost is currently estimated at $1,891,740, with the city responsible for costs estimated up to $470,000. Bird, however, said the project’s construction bid — as well as financing needed to acquire land rights of way for the improvements — came in lower than originally projected.

He estimated Wednesday the city’s cost would be $310,000, perhaps lower. Bird said the loan would be repaid through money in the city’s special streets fund. The loan would be for 10 years, at 2.8 percent interest, he said.

Gene Ramsey, city commissioner, said the project would not have been possible without the funding assistance from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

“We would not have had the money in the budget to do this project without [KDOT’s] help,” he said.

Other commissioners also thanked state legislators and city staff who have worked on the project.

Killough Construction, 3633 U.S. 59, Ottawa, submitted the low bid for the improvement project, which will add turning lanes — on the north side of K-68 as well as on Davis Road — and a traffic signal at the intersection. The project also will include sidewalks along K-68 and Davis Road at and near the intersection, as well as improvements to the stormwater drainage system. The widening of K-68 on the north side of the highway also will allow a wider turning radius for trucks accessing the Ottawa Industrial Park, Andy Haney, the city’s public works director, said in an earlier interview.

The work is expected to start in the coming weeks and be completed later this year, city officials previously said.