Downtown Richmond is back in black

MoDOT road crews began work on the scheduled overlay of Business 10 Highway on Monday and are moving rather quickly.
Crews are expected complete the entire project, that stretches from the junction of Business 10 Highway and Highway 10 on the East side of town to where the highway reconnects on the west side of town near Ray County Ambulance, by Nov. 1 if weather is not a problem.
The Richmond City Council gave final approval to spend about $22,000 to cover parking areas and any wide areas of Business 10 Highway with Surface Transportation Project grant money.
The council also approved using half-cent sales tax money on overlays for the rest of the area that encompasses the Downtown Revitalization Project.
The council approved a bid from Metro Asphalt of Independence for $104,310. The next lowest bid was more than $17,000 higher.
Councilman Scott Marshall said yesterday that council members were quite pleased with the bids. Council members expected costs to be about $182,000.
Bids for the Wellington Phase III also came in considerably lower than expected.
Marshall said the city has used Metro in the past and spoke highly of their work and the efficiency they have in getting the job completed.
City Administrator Rick Childers said that one of the requirements of the bids was to be completed by Oct 30.
“The season looks like it’s going to be over faster this year than some years,” Childers said.
The most attractive thing about the Metro bid was the lowest bid, however, Childers said they also had the lowest unit price for asphalt but were slightly higher than one bid for the milling service. Childers said the asphalt price is generally the most expensive component of the bid.
This is attractive because some additional streets may be added to the project. With the council’s approval of the bid, they also approved additions to the project.
That’s not all the city has planned. Plans are for next spring to begin another round of overlays using STP funds.
Several weeks ago, the city began soliciting responses from residents on where they wanted to see overlays occur first. Childers said some phone calls have been received and there are some comments on the city’s Web site.
Childers said the comments and suggestions would play a part in deciding what is next.
“We know that nearly all of the streets in town need work, and we’ve put together a list of the ones which may be in the worst shape, but we’d like your input in case there are areas we missed or considered less critical,” the Web site says.
The message warns though, that curbing and drainage will not be addressed. Currently Childers is working with engineers on a stormwater study. Childers and the engineers have already been out to do initial surveying. Childers will also meet with engineers next week to discuss solutions for the city’s south wastewater plant.
Photo: Ideker Contruction crew member Elliott Moore directs traffic while fellow worker Bryan Caton presses down the fresh layer of black top down West Main Street on Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Dennis Sharkey/The Daily News)

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