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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2004

Acceleration of Barry Road improvements proposed

In response to requests from citizens, the Public Works Department is proposing to accelerate the construction schedule for the Barry Road Street Improvement Project from Stoddard Avenue to west of Amity Avenue.

The accelerated schedule could take as much as two years off the current schedule, with the last phase of the project to be bid in the fall of 2005. The current schedule provides for the last phase of the project to be bid in the fall of 2007. The accelerated schedule sets construction to be completed by the end of 2007.

“The City is very committed to improving Barry Road and is working on securing the funding necessary to meet this accelerated schedule,” Stan Harris, acting director of Public Works, said.

The funding for the current construction schedule is identified in the City’s five-year capital improvement program. In order to accelerate the schedule, the City Council would have to approve a revised funding plan for the project.

The current $3.9 million improvement project on Barry Road, from Interstate 29 to Stoddard Avenue, should be substantially completed for the May opening of the Zona Rosa Development. The next phase of the Barry Road Project, from Stoddard Avenue to North Congress Avenue, will be bid in the fall of 2004, with an estimated $2 million worth of construction to be completed in 2005.

The final $9 million phase of construction from North Congress Avenue to west of Amity Avenue is proposed to include: construction of additional through lanes on Barry Road; improvements to the vertical alignment; a new four-lane bridge over Rush Creek by Weatherby Lake; and additional lanes, along with improved drainage structures, on Amity Avenue from Barry Road to Highway 152.

Other future Barry Road projects within the corridor area include: additional lanes within the Interstate 29 interchange and east to Roanoke Road, and further improvements located west of Amity Avenue. These projects are being funded through the Platte County three-eighths cent roadway sales taxes passed in 2003.

    
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