Goddard approves 183rd frontage road project


By Paul Rhodes

GODDARD – A project to change the alignment of the U.S. Highway 54 frontage road at 183rd Street was approved last week by the Goddard City Council.
That project has been in the making for a couple of years, and is now ready to be built. The new alignment will take the frontage road on the north side of Highway 54 up around the north side of First National Bank of Hutchinson at the corner of Highway 54 and 183rd Street.
The realignment work had been tied into work at the intersection of 183rd and Highway 54. Now, it will proceed on its own as a separate project, said Goddard city administrator Brian Silcott.
While the new alignment will bend the frontage road around the bank property, Silcott noted that a portion of the existing frontage road in that area will remain in place to allow access to the bank.
Silcott said the city received five bids on the construction project, and council members discussed whether the new roadway should be constructed with asphalt or concrete. City officials said the Kansas Department of Transportation had approved either option, and noted the two best bids – one for asphalt and one for concrete.
After discussing the bids and surface options, the council approved Pearson Construction’s bid of $303,000 for concrete construction. A lower bid of $291,830 had been submitted by Prado Construction, but the council preferred the experience of Pearson Construction.
Because the lower bid was not accepted, the bid award will have to be approved by KDOT officials. The project will be paid for by the state of Kansas.
In other business at last week’s meeting, the council:
• Elected council member Larry Zimmerman as president of the council.
• Approved an ordinance issuing $767,000 in general obligation bonds for the fourth phase of the St. Andrews Addition. The city got a good long-term rate of 1.9 percent interest on the bonds, which will retire temporary financing on the project. The city also approved a related resolution on the bonds.
• Approved selling a maintenance truck on Gavel Road, a local online auction company.
• Approved a farmland lease on 19 acres of land the city owns.
• Heard project updates on the STAR Bond project, Arbor Creek, Clover Leaf, and the R-CUT project on Highway 54.
• Discussed billing delinquencies with city utility customers. Silcott said 21 of 52 delinquent customers have set up payment plans. This is the first round of collection work since the city put a moratorium on utility bills collections because of the pandemic.
• Noted that the city’s splash pad in Linear Park will stay on a little longer.