McPherson City Commissioners were brought up to speed Monday on the sidewalk portion of the Avenue A project, specifically as it relates to drainage between Maxwell and Dry Turkey Creek Road.
Chuck Bartlett with Alfred Benesch and Company, the engineers for the project, said that the original intent with the drainage along the project was to keep that stretch rural in nature, meaning the open ditches.
“As we were working through that design, it kind of made some sense in that section between Maxwell and Turkey Creek, while we're there why don't we go ahead and enclose that in a storm sewer,” Bartlett said. “We went ahead and put that into what are called field check plans just so [the Kansas Department of Transportation] will have that and see what we are thinking of doing.”
Since the enclosing of the storm sewer wasn't part of the scope of the work, Bartlett's team is working on ensuring there is enough money for the project.
“Subsequently, we have submitted a proposal to try and recoup some of that cost,” Bartlett said. “As well as the additional cost that storm sewer creates for a KDOT job. They do have a lot of special details and things like that we have to work up.”
The drainage ditch issue will be part of an overall profile study of the project that the city commission will take up during an upcoming meeting.