Archive for Thursday, January 29, 2004

City’s Main problem studied

Eudora, county sharing costs to study downtown road work

January 29, 2004

City engineers will soon begin studying how to improve the rough, rickety road that runs through downtown Eudora. City and Douglas County officials have agreed to share the cost of a study for improving Main Street from 10th Street to the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad tracks north of downtown.
"It would be nice to get some kind of first-class street on our Main Street," said City Administrator Mike Yanez. "And this is the first step."
City engineers will try to design renovations that:
¢ enhance public safety
¢ provide a consistent appearance
¢ efficiently remove stormwater from the street
¢ provide Eudora with an adequate Main Street into the future
¢ compliment last year's proposed downtown improvements that included adding foliage, brick sidewalks and decorative fixtures downtown.
"This is a great deal," said Council member Tom Pyle. "This is long overdue. It's a bad street right now."
Pyle said the first paving of Main Street had been in 1935 and that the local historical society had a photo of crews working on it.
Because the downtown stretch of Main Street is also Douglas County 1061, the road poses an interesting problem. Whereas the city is responsible for the parking lanes, the county is to repair the driving lanes. However, the county's policy is to contribute what it would cost to repair the road for rural usage, taking into consideration the volume of traffic. Improvements to make the road an urban road -- meaning sidewalks, additional lanes and curb and gutter -- are the city's responsibility.
The county has agreed to contribute as much as $5,000 to the cost of the engineering study, which is expected to cost about $9,000. The city's portion will come from the special street fund, Yanez said.
The Council plans to discuss finalizing plans for upgrading Church Street from 12th to 28th streets during its next meeting, Feb. 9.
Road discussions will continue later in the month, when the Kansas Department of Transportation will be in Eudora. The group will have a meeting Feb. 27 to give an update on the Kansas Highway 10 study.

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