first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The new Wellington City Council continues to address that spreading disease known as “pothole-itis” inflicting our many miles of roads within the city limits. The council studied four road projects within the city limits at a work session last week and a council meeting Tuesday night.Those projects include:•the Vandenburg project, the by-pass highway connecting A Street to 16th Street;•the Lincoln Street project in southeast Wellington to start this summer;•a proposed project which will resurface U.S. 81 from Harvey to the south city limits;•and the possible paving of Hillside Street which is currently a dirt road servicing Worden Park on the north side of town.Vandenburg project —The Vandenburg project continues on schedule, Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said. Observers can see a big pile of milling from the old highway ready to be spread. That milling will go on various places in town in need of road repair.The base has been established on the north end which is being built of concrete. Estimates for the reopening of the road, which was closed on March 18, will be in September.The total cost of the project will be $2.12 million for a new highway and a 10-inch sewer line which runs parallel to the west side of the road. The cost to the city of Wellington will be $553,000. The road construction project is a split with the Kansas Department of Transportation, which pays 80 percent of the project. The other 20 percent will be paid by the city. The road bid was $1.894,931 The city picked up all of the water line project cost which is budgeted at $275,000.The new road will include two lanes, shoulders, and turn lanes in specific areas. The medians will also be taken out at the north edge of the project to make it easier for wide loads to get through.Lincoln project —The Wellington City Council Tuesday approved designating Lincoln Street as a major thoroughfare and to open bids for what engineering estimates at $1.5 million to resurface the street from Woodlawn Ave. to the compost pile on the east side city limits.Collins said the project will be placed up for bid to a construction company this next month, and he estimates that the project will start in July. It will last approximately five to six months.The city will be speaking with Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad about using its land as a detour. The cost of the project has been increased due to the width of the road. Lincoln is 45 feet across, unusually wide for a city street. The city staff is looking into narrowing it.Collins said the city is also studying the repaving of the road connecting Woodlawn from Lincoln to Harvey. However, that will depend on the bids and whether or not the city can afford it.U.S. 81 from Harvey to south city limits —The city is seeking funding for the resurfacing of U.S. 81 which starts at Harvey Street to the Wellington south city limits at the Botkin intersection. The new surfacing is estimated to cost around $1 million. The city is looking for an 80-20 split in which KDOT will pay the other 80 percent.Collins said in order to get the maximum amount of funding it would need to apply for two grants known as KLINK projects. The first grant would resurface Harvey to the railroad tracks and then the second project would go from the railroad to Botkin.Proposed Hillside Street project —At the work session on April 30, the council discussed whether or not to pave Hillside Street, which services the Worden Park Sports Complex traffic. The paving would start at H Street and go toward the west side to the west city water tower.That project has been budgeted for 2016 in the capital improvement fund. However, Collins recommended that the project be moved up to 2014. The cost to pave the road to city standards and build up Hillside would cost city taxpayers $250,000 to $275,000. He said the road is nearly graded daily and would not hold up due to the heavy use.After discussion, the council asked Collins to see if there was a project that can be delayed and move up the Hillside project.The board also approved a $165,000 for paving, curbing and guttering to Boundary Road from U.S. 160 to the northern property line which is to service the proposed Best Western Motel north of the McDonald’s Restaurant. The project will cost $165,000 with $100,000 being paid to the improvement district (motel owners) and $65,000 to the city at large.The latest update as of Thursday on the motel is that it has applied for a loan and is waiting for acceptance. Collins said once that occurs the owners will proceed with the construction of the facility. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (18) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down anon · 379 weeks ago and what makes these projects different from the westborough project…how is the city paying for these projects.? Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down birdfan · 379 weeks ago Wasn’t there an agreement with the neighborhood that Vandenburg would remain a residential only street? Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 379 weeks ago And why can’t you fix N. H….our road is crap…hello…or lower our taxes… Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 379 weeks ago Am I understanding correctly that Vandenburg will be asphalt, and not concrete? Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down bubba · 379 weeks ago Vandenburg will be concrete I believe. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Michael · 379 weeks ago Are you serious they are talking about doing Hillside which should have never been done with city money(Worden Park) to start with and all the bad roads in town???????????? Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Rolling Stone · 379 weeks ago Full steam ahead (no pun intended). All this work needs done. Might check, don’t think railroad crossing is used anymore on south highway 81. Yes, North H Street needs to be on the list (15th Street to Hillside). Believed North H was proposed some years ago, but council said “No”. Don’t mention Westborough again or the city will have to bring out the octagon and did not the council pass an ordinance years ago that if you have a permit you can pack heat? The rust has been broken and the city is on the move. Report Reply 4 replies · active 379 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down justmythoughts · 379 weeks ago I agree that N H needs to be replaced from 15th to Hillside. It’s in terrible shape right now. I also question why the city is concerned about repairing highway 81 from Harvey to Botkin. In my opinion the highway is in worse shape from 15th street to 11th street. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 379 weeks ago Just spoke to Gus Collins this Thursday morning. That picture on the top of the page is the torn up road asphalt millings to be used at the various pothole destinations around town. The road will be concrete. The Boundary Street addition, north of McDonalds, will service the new proposed hotel. Collins said that the company has gotten its paperwork into the banking loan institution and if approved then ground will be broken soon. Report Reply 1 reply · active 378 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down janejane · 379 weeks ago If remember correctly to get the KLINK money it can not be a city street unless it is part of a highway. We do have many city streets that need attention but there aren’t matching funds available for those so the city is constantly applying for help on the ones that qualify. It’s a smart thing to do. Report Reply 1 reply · active 378 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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