Oak Grove Road work nearing end

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

By DONNA FARLEY

Staff Writer

As work to expand Oak Grove Road comes to an end, the city is preparing for improvements to begin at the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Westwood Boulevard.

Poplar Bluff City Council members approved a motion Monday to close phase III of the Oak Grove Road project, with an approximately $580,000 savings.

They also voted to transfer property and easements to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for the intersection project, which is expected to go out for bid in the spring, according to council documents.

Oak Grove Road

An original budget of $3.7 million was set by Smith and Company for the Oak Grove Road project about two years ago.

In December, Bob Summers of engineering firm Horner & Shifrin told the council, as a team, Horner & Shifrin, KAJACS, RLP and the subcontractors had been able to reduce the overall cost of the project.

About $100,000 in savings were achieved by reducing the length of the turning lane by a little more than half the original proposal, according to those familiar with the project, which included improvements from Township Line to the bypass.

The remaining savings came from fewer expenses to assume right of way of property along the improved stretch of road and cost controls, those familiar with the project said.

Added to the project after the original budget was set were at least $400,000 in improvements to the area of Oak Grove Elementary and the 5th & 6th Grade Center. This includes about $90,000 for a 500-foot retaining wall and handrail, as well as nearly $300,000 for construction of a parking lot at the back of the elementary school, according to bid documents. This was part of an effort to improve traffic flow in the area.

Fees for the project remained the same at about $490,000 for design, inspection and subcontracting of services including property appraisal, title searches and geotechnical services. The fees were set at the beginning of the project, based on the number of hours the work was expected to take.

Intersection

The Missouri Department of Transportation needed land related to seven properties to begin work to correct the intersection of Oak Grove Road, Katy Lane and Westwood Boulevard, following improvements to Oak Grove Road.

Those properties included a car wash at the intersection, Holiday Inn, American Superstores, Whelan accounting, First Assembly of God Church and Bootheel Bancorp, according to council documents.

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