When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved a $1.499 million bid for the construction of a new bridge on Second Street.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners approved a $1.499 million bid for the construction of a new bridge on Second Street.

Commissioners also voted to officially eliminate the Third Street truck route.

The Second Street bridge project will replace an existing bridge that spans across Three Mile Creek in downtown Leavenworth.

The work is expected to begin in the spring with the demolition of the existing bridge. The new bridge will then will be erected.

City officials anticipate the project will be completed in September.

"You're going to have to close Second Street to do this," Public Works Director Mike McDonald said.

He said the Three Mile Creek Trail that passes underneath the existing Second Street also will be closed.

The bid for the project was awarded to LG Barcus & Sons, Kansas City, Kansas. The company submitted the only bid for the project.

Representatives of six other companies also attended a pre-bid meeting for the project. But these six other companies ended up not submitting bids.

McDonald said one of the contractors did submit a bid because the company will be working on a substantial project in another state.

McDonald said most of the other bidders had concerns about working in close proximity to power lines and moving beams that will each weigh 55 tons.

"There's going to be some big equipment involved in this," McDonald said.

Commissioners also voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance giving the city authority to issue bonds or temporary notes for funding for the project.

Commissioners also approved an ordinance to remove language from the city's code of ordinances that prohibited truck and bus traffic on Fourth Street between Spruce and Kiowa streets. This language previously had been put into the code of ordinances to reflect a truck route.

The truck diverted truck traffic from Fourth Street to Third Street.

Earlier this month, truck route signs were removed and the route was no longer enforced.

Commissioners voted Tuesday to officially eliminate the truck route.

In addition to removing language from the code of ordinances, commissioners repealed a 1983 resolution concerning the truck route.

Commissioner Lisa Weakley said she had received inquiries regarding whether Fourth Street would change from four lanes in the downtown area to three lanes.

As part of earlier discussions about truck traffic, city officials talked about altering Fourth Street in the downtown area so the street would have one lane for northbound traffic, one lane for southbound traffic and a center turning lane.

City Manager Paul Kramer said Tuesday that the Kansas Department of Transportation requires a $40,000 study before such a change can be implemented.

Kramer said city staff wanted to observe the effects of having increased truck traffic on Fourth Street before moving forward with a study to alter the lanes in the downtown area.

"I think staff's idea was to see how it goes," he said.

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