Good bids curb construction cost

rpulley@lsjournal.comMay 1, 2013 

  • 81 miles of curb replaced in 2011 and 2012 with bond money approved in 2010

Lee’s Summit plans to replace more curbs and sidewalks this summer than the city promised in 2010 bond issue campaigns.

The City Council at its meeting Thursday, May 2 is expected to approve a near $2.2 million contract with Freeman Construction LLC. The contract is on the consent agenda which usually is passed with little discussion.

The contract is for replacing 20 miles of curb and 177 American with Disabilities Act approved ramps.

That contract is the fourth phase for $9.36 million bond issue approved by voters in 2010. The city also is in the process of bidding sidewalk reconstruction to fill gaps and fix offsets that is expected to cost between $1 to $1.5 million.

The goal was to replace about 400,000 linear feet of curb but the city was able to replace 81 miles of curb (429,500 linear feet) including American with Disabilities Act complaint ramps in 2011 and 2012, an additional 20 to 25 miles of curb over what the city had predicted, said Chuck Owsley, director of Public Works.

“Contractors have tightened their belts and we’ve gotten really good bids,” Owsley said.

The council will also consider a resolution to establish a special revenue fund to be used for replacing public safety equipment.

The Public Safety Equipment Replacement Program would set aside money for eventual purchase to replace aging equipment that wears out or needs updating such as heart monitors or thermal imaging cameras used by the fire department.

Each year the public safety departments would allocate part of their budgets to go into the fund which would operate similarly to the city’s vehicle replacement program.

Other agenda items are listed on the city’s website: www.cityofls.net.

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