Feb 23, 2021 10:42 PM

Street improvements receive attention in a joint meeting

Posted Feb 23, 2021 10:42 PM

Junction City, Geary County and USD 475 leaders touched on topics this week in a joint meeting at the C. L. Hoover Opera House, ranging from Blue Jay Way to a K-18 roundabout near the new high school.

Ray Ibarra, Public Works Director, reported that the paving work for Blue Jay Way south near the new high school was completed. Lighting improvements and a connection with the  planned Blue Jay Trail remain to be done. The City has received a $737,600 grant to help pay for the trail. The State will pay 80% and the City 20%.

For the north stretch of Blue Jay Way the City confirmed the financing was done at a good .71% rate. The bid for the project totaled $1.5 million, about half the engineering estimate for the project.

The K-18 roundabout near the south Blue Jay Way stretch is not expected to be finished by the time the new JCHS opens in August. There has been some delay in obtaining necessary easements. Access to the new school from the north stretch of Blue Jay Way will be available, however. The main stretch of K-18 highway in the area will remain open during the project.

A building project in Milford was mentioned that will include the building of 12 new houses with the possibility of 14 more.

The elected officials plan to meet in the future on a quarterly basis.