The City of Blue Springs will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, January 12 to celebrate the completion of the new intersection at Colbern Road and Highway 7. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will be held in the parking lot of Pinnacle Bank, 26500 E Colbern Road, Lake Lotawana, Mo.
“This investment in our infrastructure is critical to the overall economic development in the City’s southern area,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “The Colbern Road and Highway 7 intersection not only provides better traffic flow, but also visually enhances the southern gateway into Blue Springs.”
“The improved intersection at Colbern Road and Highway 7 is the second project completed in a series of voter-approved bond issues,” explained City Administrator Eric Johnson. “I am proud to say that this project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.”
In August 2008, Blue Springs residents passed two bond issues for street and sewer improvements. Question 1 authorized the use of a $35 million revenue bond for sewer facility improvements to meet mandated environmental regulations and to take advantage of low-interest state financing.
Question 2 authorized the issuance of $28 million in general obligation “No Tax Increase” bonds for road and intersection improvements including the widening of Woods Chapel Road, improvements to Duncan Road at Woods Chapel Road/R.D. Mize Road intersection, the extension of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road and improvements to the Colbern Road and Highway 7 intersection.
In September 2010, the City celebrated the completion of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road Extension Bond project. The Sni-a-Bar Waste Water Treatment Facility improvements are on track and this project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2012. The Woods Chapel Road improvement project is in the final phase of right-of-way acquisition and expected to go to bid in the spring of 2012.
The Colbern Road and Highway 7 intersection project was budgeted at $8 million dollars and the final project cost came to $7.4 million dollars – $600,000 under budget.
For more information, contact Jeff Sell, Assistant Director of Public Works at (816) 228-0205.
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