Cassville enters into agreement with MoDOT

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

City to take control of sidewalks on Main Street after state completes project

The city of Cassville has entered into an agreement with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) concerning a sidewalk project on Main Street.

The project, in its infancy stages, would bring the sidewalks under MoDOT control to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The project has been split up into two sections, from 7th Street to 10th Street, and from 10th Street to 17th Street.

Per the agreement with MoDOT, the city would then take control of the sidewalks after the project's completion.

Steve Walensky, Cassville public works director, said the city will have to pitch in to the early efforts by readjusting some city equipment.

"We estimate we'll have to relocate three fire hydrants, adjust the lid elevations of 23 water valves or meters and adjust one manhole," he said.

Walensky said the city's portion of the work would not begin until MoDOT begins its work in spring or summer of 2016.

"We can't do anything until we see exactly what the slope will be and get some more granular information from MoDOT than what we can just see on a map," he said.

Dan Salisbury, assistant district engineer with MoDOT, said the initial plan for Cassville is to remove and replace, or renovate, existing sidewalks in the city, but MoDOT does not have a final plan in place yet. Curb ramps must be installed, and faults in the sidewalks more than 1/4-inch have to be repaired.

In some cases, especially in downtown Cassville, the department's right-of-way may extend up to a few inches from the doors of businesses, or right up to the doors. Salisbury said there may have to be some agreements with businesses to allow for easements on private property for the work to be completed.

Kristi Bachman, MoDOT transportation project manager, said the state will likely begin meeting with owners of buildings and businesses on the project path as early as this summer.

"We will probably start meeting with business and property owners in the summer, possibly before July," she said. "We will meet with them to get the easements for the project."

Frank Miller, district planning manager with MoDOT, said the project is listed in the department's construction program, and for the first time this year. This means before a construction timeline is determined, a draft of the program will go out for public review in May, then must be approved by the Transportation Commission in June.

"We are looking at a start date of late summer of 2016," he said.

Bachman said a timeline for the length of the project has also not yet been determined, as the department will do a working-day study to determine that timeline.

"It will take at least one construction season, which is a year, with work being done mainly in the spring, summer and fall months," she said.

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