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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Ottawa Street project to begin next month

  • It may have been a long time in the making, but work is expected to begin next month to improve Ottawa Street between 13th Terrace and 17th Street.
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    • Story at a glance ...

      • Work will begin next month to widen and make other improvements to Ottawa Street between 13th Terrace and 17th Street.


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      Story at a glance ...

      • Work will begin next month to widen and make other improvements to Ottawa Street between 13th Terrace and 17th Street.



      • Utility companies have been relocating utility lines in the area.



      • Linaweaver Construction, of Lansing, was awarded the contract for the road improvement project for $705,653.



      • Work on the project could last five months.

  • It may have been a long time in the making, but work is expected to begin next month to improve Ottawa Street between 13th Terrace and 17th Street.
    Leavenworth Public Works Director Mike McDonald said the section of Ottawa will be torn up and rebuilt. The street will be widened in the process, and curbs and gutters will be added.
    Utility companies have been working in the area to relocate utility lines.
    McDonald said most of the utility work should be completed during the next couple of weeks.
    The road improvement project is expected to begin around May 15, and the work could last five months.
    "I hope it will be done sooner," McDonald said.
    He said people should not expect to be able to drive through the area during the construction, but residents who live on the section of Ottawa Street will be able to get to their homes.
    McDonald said the existing roadway is narrow, and there are no sidewalks, even though a number of children walk in that area. That section of Ottawa is near David Brewer Elementary School.
    "It's got bad drainage," McDonald said of the street.
    He also said the street has poor connections to residential driveways in the area.
    A number of years ago, city officials identified Ottawa and Shawnee streets as east-west streets that needed attention.
    "Ultimately, we focused our resources on Shawnee Street, and it took a while to get that all together," McDonald said.
    He said Ottawa Street kept getting pushed to the back of the list of city projects.
    But, the project finally was budgeted for this year in the city's Capital Improvement Program.
    The bid for the construction work was awarded to Linaweaver Construction, of Lansing, during Tuesday's Leavenworth City Commission meeting.
    Linaweaver's bid of $705,653 was the lowest of six bids submitted to the city.
    All of the bids were less than an engineer's estimate of $990,131.
    McDonald said he was surprised the bids were so competitive.
    "This is a project that has been long in coming," Commissioner Larry Dedeke said Tuesday.
    Dedeke said he made the motion to approve the Linaweaver bid in honor of the late Marguerite Strange, who had championed the project when she was a city commissioner.
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