Pedestrian traffic to one downtown area will be easier in coming years due to an upcoming construction project.
The Farmington City Council approved a contract on Thursday with Kimes Contracting LLC for sidewalk installation along Henry Street up to Old Fredericktown Road.
The contract is in the amount of $201,676.50. Other costs for the project include design engineering in the amount of $22,632 and construction inspection in the amount of $14,639.04 with Cochran Engineering.
Farmington City Administrator Greg Beavers said this project has been on a slow grind “for years and years and years” – with the addition of sidewalks in that area important due to increased traffic from multi-family developments constructed the past several years.
During the Public Works Committee report during the Jan. 12, 2017, Farmington City Council meeting, Mayor Larry Forsythe – at that time the councilman for Ward I – said the city was awarded a Transportation Alternative Project grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation for the construction of a sidewalk along Route H in Farmington.
“I think we applied for MoDOT grants – this was the fourth occasion to fund those sidewalks,” Beavers said after the meeting Thursday. “We were finally successful with that and will be constructing a sidewalk out to Old Fredericktown Road” south from Henry Street.
The new sidewalks will connect with those on Old Fredericktown Road to serve residents in that area.
Additional residential development on the highway is leading city officials to apply for additional funding to extend the pedestrian sidewalks.
“We’re going to attempt grants over the next two or three grant cycles to get the funding to extend [sidewalks] … ultimately out to Korber Road,” Beavers said.
Eight Southeast Missouri communities were selected to receive $1.74 million in transportation alternative funds. Nineteen applications were received in November 2016 totaling more than $4.5 million in requests.
According to Public Works Director Larry Lacy, the “TAP” grant, which stands for Transportation Alternative Project, will pays for construction only of the project.
The amount covered through the grant is $218,493.00 – or 73 percent of construction cost.
The cost for the sidewalks is due to curb and gutter work required, stormwater drainage and other issues.
The contractor has 90 days from the date of the notice to proceed with work, according to Lacy.