With most of Broadway Street in Pittsburg having been repaved over the last two years, there is one more stretch that city officials are hoping to get done.



During tonight’s meeting of the Pittsburg City Commissioners, Bill Beasley, director of public works will present an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation to finish that work.

With most of Broadway Street in Pittsburg having been repaved over the last two years, there is one more stretch that city officials are hoping to get done.

During tonight’s meeting of the Pittsburg City Commissioners, Bill Beasley, director of public works will present an agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation to finish that work.

The agreement between the city and KDOT is for the Transportation Department to provide funding to help resurface Broadway from Madison to Second Street.

“There is just that one section that we need to address,” Beasley said.

The issue with the project, however, is the potential cost.

Under the agreement, the state will provide 50 percent of the project cost, up to $200,000, with the city providing the remaining 50 percent. But, Beasley said that the stipulation may mean a scale-back of the project, or the city will have to infuse more than $200,000 to complete it.

“That is kind of the issue,” Beasley said. “This is a rather large project and we may not do as much as we would like to do.”

The estimated cost, using today’s cost figures, could be in the range of $450,000, leaving the city to pick up the additional $250,000 or scaling back the project.

“The city could scale back the project,” Beasley said. “We’ve talked about bidding the last two blocks as an add alternate. If the prices come in low enough, we may be able to do it, or the city could add the additional dollars.”

Another option would be for the city to decline the funding and reapply at a later date, but Beasley said that, while the funds are normally available for projects, there is no guarantee that they will be there in the future.

So, if the city wants to use the current funding, they will have to approve the agreement tonight, or decline and hope that funding becomes available at a later time.

Under the provisions of the contract with the state, KDOT can terminate the agreement if the city does not have the funds to complete the specified project.

The resurfacing project is scheduled, by the state, as an FY 2012 project, meaning after July 2011. However, Beasley said that the city is not anticipating starting the project until Spring 2012.

“We’re trying to keep from exceeding the 10 mill limit, so we are looking at starting this in 2012,” Beasley said.

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140.