As soon as the weather clears, construction will begin on the long-awaited sidewalk project that will provide Cassville R-IV students with a safer way to travel between the middle school and high school campuses.
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) issued a notice to proceed yesterday (Tuesday) to Webster County Excavating, LLC. The Seymour company was awarded the sidewalk construction contract after submitting a low bid of $96,888, which was below the original engineer's estimate of $100,000.
According to MoDOT, Webster was one of only two companies to submit "fully responsive" bids for the project. The other bidder was Wales Contracting, of St. Joseph, whose bid totalled $110,825.90.
Although the contractor has 80 calendar days to complete the project under the terms of the bid, MoDOT officials said Webster has indicated the project can be finished within 20 working days or about one month.
"We're very pleased to be able to announce that this project is moving forward," said Cassville Mayor Tracy Holle. "When the sidewalk is completed, we'd like to hold a ribbon cutting. I also want to thank all the property owners who made this possible."
The Cassville R-IV School District is cautioning area residents to expect delays from the intersection of Business 37 and Highway Y to the high school during the sidewalk construction. Traffic in that area could be restricted to one-lane with the northbound lane closed during the project.
The sidewalk project is a collaborative effort between MoDOT, the Cassville R-IV School District, the Barry County Commission and the City of Cassville. Funding for the project is being provided through a $109,976 Safe Routes to School grant that the city secured last spring.
The project plans call for construction of a five-foot sidewalk that will extend approximately 1,500 feet alongside the eastside of Highway Y from Wildcat Drive to Partridge Drive to the beginning of the high school's circle drive. Curb and guttering will also be added to that side of the highway.
In order for the sidewalk to be constructed, six property owners graciously agreed to give the city easements to build the walkway along the busy section of roadway.
City and school leaders have been working on this sidewalk project since September of 2007 when a Cassville High School student was killed in a car-pedestrian accident on Highway Y on the way to school.