Jeff Sell, assistant director for engineering in Blue Springs
1 What’s going on with the street lighting and sidewalk program in the downtown corridor? Both projects have been awarded by City Council to the successful bidders, and we are anticipating construction starting by the first of April. The first is the Main Street lighting project, which is funded through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant program. The city will install 58 streetlight bases from Missouri 7 to 15th Street in preparation for the installation of street lights by Kansas City Power and Light. The 2009 sidewalk infill project will be funded through HUD’s block grant program. Sidewalks will be constructed on the west side of 10th Street from Walnut to South Avenue; the east side of Ninth Street from Walnut to Jones; and the north side of Kingsride Drive from Canterbury to the shopping center.
2 Do cities get help with costs associated with such improvements? As a City with over 50,000 in population, we are eligible for Community Development Block Grant money from the Federal Government. These monies fund the above projects.
3 What can Blue Springs residents expect this year regarding the street overlay program? Five miles of two-inch asphalt overlay in each of the three City Council Districts. Streets receiving overlay will be milled first to match the curb profile when completed.
4 What should citizens do to prepare for these upcoming projects? Citizens who are directly affected by these projects will receive a flyer with more information. Property owners where the sidewalk project abuts their property line will receive letters explaining the project.
5 What projects are your department looking at for the future? The recently approved bond for street improvements are top priority and the city has a water main project currently out for bid.