Construction crews are in the process of doing away with the last of a series of decorative crosswalks along Mission Road that became a persistent source of headaches for the city of Prairie Village after they were first installed in 2004.
The city put in the decorative brick crosswalks at four intersections along Mission Road — 75th Street, 77th Street, 79th Street and Somerset Drive — at an original cost of $128,000. But the crosswalks quickly began to disintegrate, prompting legal action by the city against the contractor for improper installation. Though the contractor ended up covering part of the cost of having the sidewalks replaced in 2006, the city had to pay just under $80,000 for a second round of work.
The second installation failed as well, with deep pot holes springing up along the border between the crosswalks and the asphalt.
The city began replacing the decorative sidewalks with concrete last year, finishing off 75th Street, 77th Street and 79th Street before the end of the summer. The crosswalks at Somerset and Mission are currently being replaced as part of the more extensive renovations there. It cost the city a total of $130,000 to replace the decorative crosswalks with concrete.