Road construction begins on Ohio


By Hope Lecchi - [email protected]



Brad Bergeson, left, and Nic Trapp, both of Kansas City Power and Light, work to remove a street lamp from the corner of Seventh Street and Ohio Avenue. The street lights from Broadway Boulevard to Fifth Street are being removed so workers can complete the third stage of the Sedalia Streetscape Renovation project in historic downtown Sedalia. The project will see the removal of the sidewalks and street pavement before they are both replaced with concrete pavement.


John Lepell operates a track hoe to remove the two to three inches of asphalt and concrete on a section of Ohio Avenue Monday afternoon. Workers began the removal Monday, which will be done in stages. The bottom layer of bricks will also be removed before workers reconstruct the streets with concrete. Corey Jenkins, of KAT Excavating, said the workers should have the demolition completed in three days.


Charlie Milligan, of Rick Thomas Ditching in Lexington, cuts a channel in the pavement and curbing on Seventh Street near Ohio Avenue. The channels are needed for track hoes and skid loader operators to gain access under the pavement to make the surface removal easier.


Brad Bergeson, of KCP&L, works to remove a Scott Joplin banner from a street light that will be taken down as part of the Streetscape Project in downtown Sedalia. Prior to removing the banner, Bergeson had removed the glass globe on the light. Bergeson and his coworker Nic Trapp were hoping to remove six of the street lamps by day’s end Monday. The lights will be removed and refurbished as part of the street renovation project.


Workers from KAT Excavating remove the pavement on Ohio Avenue Monday afternoon in the first phase of a 90-day project to repave the street from Broadway Boulevard to Fifth Street. Three inches of pavement will be removed as well as the original brick pavers. Eventually the streets will be replaced with concrete with a brick inset at the street crossings. New sidewalks will also be completed as a part of the project.


By Hope Lecchi

[email protected]

Brad Bergeson, left, and Nic Trapp, both of Kansas City Power and Light, work to remove a street lamp from the corner of Seventh Street and Ohio Avenue. The street lights from Broadway Boulevard to Fifth Street are being removed so workers can complete the third stage of the Sedalia Streetscape Renovation project in historic downtown Sedalia. The project will see the removal of the sidewalks and street pavement before they are both replaced with concrete pavement.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd080415ohiostreetwork1.jpgBrad Bergeson, left, and Nic Trapp, both of Kansas City Power and Light, work to remove a street lamp from the corner of Seventh Street and Ohio Avenue. The street lights from Broadway Boulevard to Fifth Street are being removed so workers can complete the third stage of the Sedalia Streetscape Renovation project in historic downtown Sedalia. The project will see the removal of the sidewalks and street pavement before they are both replaced with concrete pavement.

John Lepell operates a track hoe to remove the two to three inches of asphalt and concrete on a section of Ohio Avenue Monday afternoon. Workers began the removal Monday, which will be done in stages. The bottom layer of bricks will also be removed before workers reconstruct the streets with concrete. Corey Jenkins, of KAT Excavating, said the workers should have the demolition completed in three days.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd080404ohiostreetwork2.jpgJohn Lepell operates a track hoe to remove the two to three inches of asphalt and concrete on a section of Ohio Avenue Monday afternoon. Workers began the removal Monday, which will be done in stages. The bottom layer of bricks will also be removed before workers reconstruct the streets with concrete. Corey Jenkins, of KAT Excavating, said the workers should have the demolition completed in three days.

Charlie Milligan, of Rick Thomas Ditching in Lexington, cuts a channel in the pavement and curbing on Seventh Street near Ohio Avenue. The channels are needed for track hoes and skid loader operators to gain access under the pavement to make the surface removal easier.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd080415ohiostreetwork3.jpgCharlie Milligan, of Rick Thomas Ditching in Lexington, cuts a channel in the pavement and curbing on Seventh Street near Ohio Avenue. The channels are needed for track hoes and skid loader operators to gain access under the pavement to make the surface removal easier.

Brad Bergeson, of KCP&L, works to remove a Scott Joplin banner from a street light that will be taken down as part of the Streetscape Project in downtown Sedalia. Prior to removing the banner, Bergeson had removed the glass globe on the light. Bergeson and his coworker Nic Trapp were hoping to remove six of the street lamps by day’s end Monday. The lights will be removed and refurbished as part of the street renovation project.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd080415ohiostreetwork4.jpgBrad Bergeson, of KCP&L, works to remove a Scott Joplin banner from a street light that will be taken down as part of the Streetscape Project in downtown Sedalia. Prior to removing the banner, Bergeson had removed the glass globe on the light. Bergeson and his coworker Nic Trapp were hoping to remove six of the street lamps by day’s end Monday. The lights will be removed and refurbished as part of the street renovation project.

Workers from KAT Excavating remove the pavement on Ohio Avenue Monday afternoon in the first phase of a 90-day project to repave the street from Broadway Boulevard to Fifth Street. Three inches of pavement will be removed as well as the original brick pavers. Eventually the streets will be replaced with concrete with a brick inset at the street crossings. New sidewalks will also be completed as a part of the project.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_tsd080415ohiostreetwork5.jpgWorkers from KAT Excavating remove the pavement on Ohio Avenue Monday afternoon in the first phase of a 90-day project to repave the street from Broadway Boulevard to Fifth Street. Three inches of pavement will be removed as well as the original brick pavers. Eventually the streets will be replaced with concrete with a brick inset at the street crossings. New sidewalks will also be completed as a part of the project.

Downtown Sedalia began the third phase of the Historic Streetscape Project Monday.

Crews from several companies were at work in various capacities to begin a scheduled 90-day project that will see the streets taken down to their brick underlayment and replaced with concrete.

The existing sidewalks will also be replaced with concrete and brick pavers will be laid at the crosswalks. The street lamps will also be removed for renovation.

The infrastructure to the water supply in the area will also be addressed as crews will replace the water mains. The storm water drainage system will also be addressed.

The crown jewel of the project will be a gateway entrance to downtown Sedalia.

“We’ve worked with a design firm for over a three-year period to get to this point,” Meg Liston, administrator of Sedalia Downtown Development Inc., said. “It was recommended that we have a statement piece to draw attention to the downtown area under the DREAM Act from years ago.”

The gateway will cross Ohio Avenue and will be located near the intersection of Seventh Street and Broadway Boulevard.

“It will actually be closer to Broadway,” Liston said. “We wanted a piece that would be visible from Broadway to draw attention to the historic downtown area.”

Liston said the project began more than three years ago, but has taken this long to obtain the necessary funding, send the project out for bids and hire the firms involved.

“We’re glad to finally have the project underway,” Public Works Director Bill Beck said. “We wanted to wait until after the Scott Joplin (International Ragtime) Festival was over. We wanted to get started as soon as we could after that.”

Beck expects few, if any, difficulties, as this is the third phase in the project.

“We have a very good plan in place,” Beck commented. “These guys know what to do and what not to do. Many of them have worked on the two prior stages,” Beck added. “Hopefully, we won’t have any surprises.”

The project is funded through two sources.

The city received $284,280 from the Missouri Department of Transportation to cover the cost of the gateway and sidewalks. It requires a 20 percent match from the city.

The second source of funding came from the Federal government’s Surface Transportation Program (STP). It is for $407,000 and also requires a 20 percent match from Sedalia.

Beck did express the need for area residents to know that while the project is an inconvenience to merchants in the affected areas, the city and contractors are doing as much as possible to let people know the businesses are still open for customers.

“We know it’s a burden for the property owners,” Beck said. “The contractors have a plan to help relieve the congestion as much as possible. In a lot of respects it is a good opportunity for people to see what we’re doing and to take advantage of the time to shop as well.”

Local antique dealer and owner of Chelsie’s Antiques, Chelsie Kehde said her business was looking at innovative ways to let others know her business was open.

“We’re going to do our best to accommodate our customers and stay open,” Kehde said. “We’re going to do daily Facebook updates and specials on Facebook throughout the 90 days.

“If that means we have to deliver items to our customers, then we will,” Kehde said. “We’re going to get new signs letting customers where they can park, and open signs for the side of the building.”

Kehde said like most of the business owners on Ohio, her store was going to make the best of it until the work was completed.

“Now that we’ve started, we hope everyone can bear with us until the project is completed,” Beck said. “The end will be well worth it and should be something we can all be proud of.”

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

Sedalia Democrat

Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484

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