By Holly Cook
Roeland Park councilmembers were briefed last week on the almost $2.3 million worth of roadway improvements budgeted for 2018. Funding will be partially covered by a blend of county, tax increment financing, and Community Development Block Grant funds.
Two big ticket items expected to be completed this fall include the CARS – Roe Lane Project and the CDBG Birch Street and Sidewalk Project.
The $1.68 million Roe Lane project will improve the section of Roe Lane from Roe Boulevard to County Line Road. Bike lanes will be added and the road will undergo a 2-inch mill and overlay. More than $700,000 of the project will be covered through the County’s CARS program. Roeland Park’s TIF 2 funds will cover $400,000 and the remaining balance will be covered by the city’s Special Streets Fund.
Director of Public Works Jose Leon said the city hopes to start construction on the Roe Lane project this summer and complete in the fall.
The $265,000 CDBG Birch Street and Sidewalk Project will add a new sidewalk on the east side of Birch and the road will undergo a 2-inch mill and overlay. Community Development Block Grant funds will cover $100,000 of the project with the remaining funds coming from the city’s Special Infrastructure Funds and Special Streets funds. Construction on this project is anticipated to begin in late summer or early fall, and be completed in Fall 2018.
In addition to these two large projects Roeland Park also plans to provide 4 miles worth of in-house asphalt repair and 2.5 miles of surface treatment in 2018.
Between 2017 and 2018 the city will have provided improvement and/or maintenance on 34 percent of its streets, Leon said.
“These are significant contributions,” he said.
Roeland Park is focusing on providing surface improvement for roads determined to be in fair or good condition. Roads rated as being in poor condition will need more than surface improvements so the city is looking toward completely replacing those in the future, said city administrator Keith Moody.