Lee’s Summit council to continue work on possible U.S. 50 bond issue

rpulley@lsjournal.comDecember 4, 2013 

This week the Lee’s Summit City Council is expected to again discuss putting a $10 million bond issue for reconstruction of the U.S. 50 Highway and Missouri 291 South interchange.

The issue is on the Dec. 5 agenda along with a few other transportation-related items and other matters.

The council is considering an April 2014 election and the deadline to put the issue on the ballot is Jan. 16.

The general bond issue could be financed without a tax increase. The city intends to apply to the Missouri Department of Transportation for a $5 million cost-sharing agreement which could cut the city’s expense in half.

The city and state would cooperate in rebuilding the interchange. MoDot officials planned bridge improvements, but the city wanted a more extensive redesign for the intersection, and the state has offered a conceptual design with the idea of sharing expenses.

The council is also to vote on a contract for improving Orchard Street, part of a $4.6 million bond issue approved in April.

The council is to decide on a preliminary agreement with Emery Sapp & Sons Inc. for design-build services for lump sum of $154,286. That agreement covers some design work and neighborhood meetings in preparing for construction.

The city budgeted $3 million of bond money for reconstruction of Orchard Street between Douglas Street and Independence Avenue.

Also on the agenda are contracts with the Kansas City Area Transit Authority for the Metroflex bus and the Lee’s Summit/Raytown Express bus to downtown Kansas City. There is a 2-percent cost increase to the city, but no changes in service in the proposed agreement.

The council also is to vote agreements with the MoDot on a replacement bridge on Murray Road and improving sidewalks at intersections on Missouri 291 from NE Tudor Road to SE Bayberry Lane.

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