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Projects underway in Bonne Terre

The city of Bonne Terre is moving forward with several projects this spring in hopes of getting streets resurfaced, water issues resolved and traffic issues addressed.

Bonne Terre Public Works Director Shawn Kay said they do have a couple of things going on. He has mentioned in the past they have water mains that are in dire need of repair.

“One of them is on Dover Street and is currently in the engineering process,” said Kay. “We have Taylor Engineering from Farmington who is looking into it and also on Short Street.”

Bonne Terre City Administrator Jim Eaton explained they have been planning and have it on the table to replace the water and probably the sewer line on Dover Street.

“We’ve had to have so many digs over there and this will also move the service lines,” said Eaton. “That is what we are trying to do and find out what the cost will be. This will be a very big project and it will tear the heck out of the road, but it’s not a very good road now.”

Eaton said after the water project is finished, the street will be resurfaced. Dover Street was on last year’s list for repair, but the city was holding out to make the repairs on the water lines before repaving the street.

“On Short Street we are just doing a water line there,” said Eaton. “In these two areas we have a lot of water line breaks and particularly on Dover Street.”

Kay said they are also currently looking at some of the other streets in town that need to be repaved. He said the city doesn’t have quite as much money this year for street resurfacing as they have had in the last couple of years, but the council has budgeted $100,000 this year for the repairs.

“The street will depend on what the council chooses,” said Eaton. “I think we are probably going to sandbag some money for Dover Street if we get it done. Mound and Jackson Streets would be other ones that are in need of resurfacing.”

Eaton said there has been some discussion about Division Street and it will depend on how the council wants to spend money. He said they will leave that up to the council with suggestions on what needs to be done.

“Right now we are working with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to try to get on the list for Highway 47 through Bonne Terre and Route K,” said Kay.

Kay said with the traffic issues they have had through there it needs to be resurfaced. He thinks anyone who has been through there knows that it is beyond time for repairs.

Eaton said while it may be premature, they have MoDOT scheduled for their June council meeting at 5 p.m. for a public hearing to give the public a chance to address issues and concerns, along with presenting suggestions on actions that need to be taken.

“The hearing will let residents of Bonne Terre or anyone else in the area to bring suggestions to MoDOT on some things that need to be done,” said Eaton. “There are a lot of issues with the traffic signals, no turn-arounds for emergency responders, and issues with the water that is retained out there.”

Eaton said that the traffic at the intersections is horrible and that there hasn’t been any improvements since the highway was originally put in. The number of cars and traffic has increased astronomically.

“We are also moving forward with the STEP (State Trade and Export Promotion Grant Program) Funding Project, which is a state-funded program where they get federal money that is passed out to municipalities,” said Kay. “That is going to improve the intersection right there near Dairy Queen.”

Eaton said the state used to allocate so much money per year to municipal subdivisions but they terminated that.

“We have this year and next year to spend the money,” said Eaton. “Our money is going to be spent on that intersection for widening, paving and some water control. We have nearly $90,000 in the funds to put towards improvements in the city.”

Kay said they are close to having that process going out to bid. Eaton agreed that it would be a bid job and said Taylor Engineering is the one engineering the project.

Bonne Terre City Administrator Jim Eaton looks over paperwork for this year's road and water projects.

Bonne Terre City Administrator Jim Eaton looks over paperwork for this year’s road and water projects.

Dover Street will be resurfaced this year after water and sewer lines are replaced. The road will have to be torn up in sections when work begins.

Dover Street will be resurfaced this year after water and sewer lines are replaced. The road will have to be torn up in sections when work begins.

Dover Street in Bonne Terre is slated for some major work on water and sewer lines along with road resurfacing.

Dover Street in Bonne Terre is slated for some major work on water and sewer lines along with road resurfacing.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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