Jackson County aims for $21 million in road projects

The Jackson County Roads Department hopes to complete almost $21 million worth of road improvement projects over the next five years.

That list includes several ambitious plans, including a complete overhaul of a section of Table Rock Road, upgrades to a stretch of Lozier Lane and work on the Tiller-Trail Highway.

Documents provided by the Roads Department shows federal grant funds will pay for about $11.8 million, with system development charges and county road funds picking up the remaining tab, along with $850,000 in funds from a local improvement district. (Clarification: See below)

The list of projects will go before the county's Board of Commissioners at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the Jackson County Courthouse Auditorium.

"We really made an effort to go out and identify every road that doesn't meet standard," county engineer Mike Kuntz told the board Tuesday.

Up first are two bridge adjustment projects that will pave the way for the bulk of work planned for 2014 on a 1.5-mile section of Table Rock Road between Wilson Road and Elmhurst Street.

"That's just laying the groundwork for next year's project," Kuntz said.

After the bridge projects are complete, crews can get to work on the main phase, which includes widening the road to include a continuous left turn lane, a footpath, and the installation of a traffic signal at Wilson Road. Realignment is also planned for Gregory Road's current staggered intersection. The project's total estimated cost is about $2.8 million.

On Lozier Lane between West Main Street and Stewart Avenue, a three-phase project is estimated to cost $7.48 million, with work planned to start in 2015. Following engineering and right-of-way acquisition, the road would be widened to accommodate a center turn lane, sidewalk and bike lanes.

A project on Tiller-Trail Highway between mileposts 43 and 44 would straighten curves and add retaining walls and slope stabilization work to reduce the incidence of rock slides. The project is estimated to cost $2.25 million

— Ryan Pfeil

Clarification: The distribution of funding sources has been clarified in this version.

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