Monday, August 18, 2008
Construction Update . . .
Readers have probably noticed the work the city has begun in preparing the drainage area for the planned Walmart Store on 350 Highway. Remember, those are your tax dollars at work. The drainage system is part of the city's agreement to bring the new Walmart to 350 Highway. Construction is also coming to an end at Blue Ridge Elementary. A new early childhood development / day care center is nearly completed along Hunter Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard. The building and grounds are impressive and blend very well with Blue Ridge Elementary. Kudos to Raytown City Hall for completing the sidewalk along Hunter Street between Blue Ridge Boulevard and Blue Ridge Cutoff. When I became aware that the School District would only build sidewalks directly in front of the building I asked then Public Works Director Mahesh Sharma if the city could complete the work. Through his intervention we now have sidewalks the entire length of Hunter Street. A large of pile of new aluminum street light poles indicates that the area is going to be well lit at a night. Do not look for much street overlay this year. Public Works is looking at plans to use street improvement money for striping of streets, repairing failed streets at the sub-structure level and possibly some white-topping of intersections where the asphalt has been pushed into unsightly and unsafe conditions due to the braking actions of cars on the hot surface.