Updated: Apr 9
LA CYGNE – A project to widen Kansas Highway 152 at the intersection of Industrial Road in La Cygne was stopped almost as soon as it started. The La Cygne City Council on Wednesday, March 16, learned that concern about the stability of power poles along K-152 temporarily put a halt to a project that was to have started on Monday.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) funded project, which will widen both K-152 and Industrial Boulevard at their intersection to create turn lanes, is slated to take several months to complete and cost nearly $776,000. However, after Ottawa, Kan.-based Killough Construction Inc. prepared to begin the project, workers noted that three Evergy-owned power poles in the project would need additional support during the construction.
The poles were recently moved to the edge of the highways right of way. A storm sewer pipe was installed between the poles and the highway, so there was apparently fear that the poles would not be stable enough during construction.
La Cygne Public Works Superintendent Dan Nasalroad said that Evergy said it would cost $2,500 to temporarily support each pole. However, there is some discussion about who would pay for the $7,500 additional cost.
Councilman Danny Curtis pointed out that Evergy had been out resetting the poles recently and asked if they had an inaccurate set of plans to go by.
However, Paul Owings, an engineer with BG Consultants Inc., the city's engineer firm, noted that Evergy was at the edge of the easement. He also said that Killough officials had the opportunity to inspect the site and allow for the additional cost.
The project, which is expected to create some traffic delays on the east side of La Cygne, will still allow traffic to flow through the work zone during construction. Cars and light trucks may choose to take Robertson Rd. north to East 2250 Road and drive west into the city.
However, tractor-trailers and other large vehicles will have to stay on the highway. Nasalroad said that while most farm equipment would be able to continue to use the highway during construction, lane closures may not provide enough room for them to use the road.
In addition, council members have been concerned that after East 2250 Road becomes Lincoln Street as it enters city limits from the east, the road may not withstand too much traffic.