Country Club Road
Country Club Road from Simpson Road to Niles Road will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, November 12th, to permit work to begin on safety improvements to this section of road. The improvements consist primarily of the addition of five-foot wide shoulders on both side of the existing pavement. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes and allow a few extra minutes of travel time to reach their destinations. Local and emergency traffic will be provided access to private property within the sections of closed Country Club Road at all times but delays will occur and should be anticipated. The contractor and Saline County will attempt to keep residents and emergency responders informed in advance as the construction progresses and property access changes.
A brief review of the background of this project is in order for those people who may not be familiar with the project development history. KDOT has been performing Road Safety Audits (RSAs) since 1997. These audits focus on existing roads and include crash data analysis, field review, local input, data collection, and reporting. These audits were limited to the State Highway System which represents less than 8% of all public roads in Kansas. Local roads under the jurisdiction of counties, townships, and municipalities were not included in the KDOT RSA. In response, the Kansas Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) center applied for and received a $40,000 grant as part of the LTAP/TTAP Road Safety Audit program. One of the objectives of the Kansas LTAP project was to develop an RSA process for local roads that includes: project selection, outcome measures, sustainability plan (maintain partnership among key agencies) and funding recommendations. Due to the limited grant funds, KDOT issued a notice to local jurisdictions to submit their candidate road sections for consideration and possible selection to receive a fully-funded RSA.
Sealed bids were opened by KDOT on September 18th for Project Number 85 C-0323-01. Three companies submitted bids. Ebert Construction Company of Wamego, Kansas was the low bidder at $1,481,835.00 which was below the Engineer’s Estimate of $1,622,044.60. Saline County will be responsible for $529,000.00. The $529,000.00 is comprised of the amount of the bid above $1,000,000 (or $481,835.00) plus KDOT’s Construction Engineering Costs which they estimate to be about three percent of the total project cost. The Engineering Division of Saline County obtained all field data including all necessary surveying, designed the project, and will perform construction inspection all with in-house staff thus resulting in substantial savings to the taxpayers of Saline County.
Link Road, from Pleasant Hill Road to Stimmel Road will be closed starting Thursday, September 26th, for the replacement of the existing bridge over Mulberry Creek located 0.25 mile north of Interstate Highway 70. The contract allows the contractor until May 1, 2014, to complete the construction. Of course, completion is dependent on unforeseen conditions such as adverse weather.
No through traffic will be possible during the construction period and motorists are advised to allow a few extra minutes of travel time to reach their destinations. Local and emergency traffic will be provided access to private property within the sections of closed road at all times but only from the sides of Mulberry Creek upon which the property lies. The only times these properties may not be accessible might be during possible critical stages of construction when it is impractical to carry on construction operations and simultaneously allow local traffic.
Saline County opened bids on September 4, 2014. There were five bidders. L & M Contractors, Inc. of Great Bend submitted the low bid of $367,730.18 and was awarded the contract by the Board of County Commissioners on September 10, 2013. Saline County Road and Bridge Department, Engineering Division, completed all required surveying, hydraulic analysis, bridge geometric design, permitting, and structural design with in-house staff (resulting in cost savings for the taxpayers of Saline County).