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ROAD TO FRUITION
County's master plan for roads is motoring

by Mark Vasto
Landmark reporter

Lao Tzu once said that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step.
Approving a request for qualifications at its March 11 administrative session, the Platte County Commission started down its own long road to overhauling the infrastructure of the county, following a voter-approved master plan that will bring 44 miles of countywide road improvements and 34 bridge replacements from now until 2013.

"This year and the next mark the biggest construction years in Platte County's history," Second District Commissioner Steve Wegner said. "If county staff appears at commission meetings next spring and they look significantly aged, it's only because our project lists have kept them diligent.”

Platte County Planning and Zoning Director Aaron Schmidt said his department was eager to get started on the plan. All the projects are located in unincorporated Platte County and are just one segment of improvements to come under the county's Roads Master Plan.

"There's a lot of work to be done," Schmidt said. "A lot of consultants will be interested in these plans.”

Schmidt said the process would begin this month, then head into contract negotiations with consultants judged worthy by the county. Plans call for construction to begin in Spring 2005.

County officials have credited Wegner for being instrumental in the formation of the road tax plan and its passage. Voters had defeated other road plans three times over three decades.

Wegner said he is happy to begin the process of road improvements for the county.

"A lot of people are under the impression that the county can just go out and start pouring asphalt, but it doesn't work that way," Wegner said. "There are line of sight issues, there are safety issues that are built into all of our construction projects. Our job isn't only to make good roads, it's to make safe roads.”

Although the process is just getting underway, Wegner couldn't help but ticking off the work that has been done so far.

"Twenty million worth of community centers, a couple million dollars worth of trails, 16 million in road improvements…we're making progress," Wegner said. "These are real accomplishments.”

Schmidt echoed Wegner's enthusiasm.
"This is our second major round of new road and bridge designs," Schmidt said. "It's aggressive…it's progress as promised."

DESIGN PROPOSALS
BEING SOUGHT

Platte County is seeking design proposals for the following projects:

•Farley/Hampton Road and Baker/Hillsboro Road;

•136th Street/Humphreys from Highway 45 east to Highway N, including the intersection of Highway N and 136th Street and excluding the Humphreys Access Bridge;

•Union Chapel from the South terminus of the Highway K and Highway 45 MoDOT project heading south towards River Road;

•Elm Grove Road from E Highway south to Interstate 29;

•Sharp's Station Road from Elm Grove Road to Interurban Road;

•Bridge Group A - Stanton Road Bridge, Woolston Road Bridge, River Road Bridge and Macadow Bridge;

•Bridge Group B - Lamar Road, Ross Bridge and Williams Road West Bridge;

•Bridge Group C - Holland Branch Bridge, Pleasant Grove Bridge, Pleasant Road Grove Box, Elm Grove Road Box and Old Pike Box; and

•Bridge Group K - Lantner Lane Bridge and Moore Road Bridge.

 
 

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