Monday, December 22, 2014

Reduced state funds will up US 59 cost

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 12/26/2012

The City of Ottawa will see a reduction of about $16,000 in state funds to help maintain highways through the community in 2013.

“When the state rerouted Old Highway 59 around the east side of town, we lost lane miles that make up Main Street, for lack of a better description,” Scott Bird, the city’s finance director, said.

The City of Ottawa will see a reduction of about $16,000 in state funds to help maintain highways through the community in 2013.

“When the state rerouted Old Highway 59 around the east side of town, we lost lane miles that make up Main Street, for lack of a better description,” Scott Bird, the city’s finance director, said.

The rerouting of the highway east of Ottawa reduced the city’s reimbursement from the Kansas Department of Transportation from 16.3 miles to 10.856 miles, Bird said. The city would still maintain that stretch of highway, but it would not receive reimbursement from the state for the maintenance costs.

The new 11.1-mile stretch of U.S. 59 — from the Franklin/Douglas county line to south of Lawrence — opened Oct. 17.

Once the new highway opened in October, crews began work on rehabilitating the original U.S. 59 roadway — which now has been dubbed Old U.S. 59 by KDOT. Such work included replacing and rehabilitating structures and pavement, as sections of Old U.S. 59 will remain local access/frontage roads, KDOT officials said this fall. The rehab work on Old U.S. 59 is scheduled for completion in late summer 2013.

The reduction in lane miles of Old U.S. 59 through Ottawa means the city will receive $32,568 from KDOT for maintenance — down from $58,000 the previous year, Bird said.

The city also receives funds from KDOT for maintaining K-68 through Ottawa, he said.

Bird presented the new figures to Ottawa city commissioners at a recent study session.

The city and KDOT annually review their street maintenance agreement to establish what is maintained by the state and what is maintained by the city, Bird said.

The two-county U.S. 59 freeway construction project cost about $145 million, a KDOT news release said. The Franklin County portion of the new highway opened in 2010.

comments powered by Disqus