master plan for roads is motoring
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
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
it's progress as promised."
Platte County is seeking design proposals for
the following projects:
Farley/Hampton Road and Baker/Hillsboro
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
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.