The City of Independence will receive a nearly $1.6 million award from the Kansas Department of Transportation to assist with improvements to a stretch of Maple Street from 17th Street west to Peter Pan Road. Interim City Manager Kelly Passauer says the funding is part of KDOT’s Cost Share Program, which supports transportation-related projects and requires a percentage of matching investment by the local entity.
The proposed Maple Street project is estimated to cost $2,635,452 with KDOT providing $1,594,089 and the City matching at $1,041,363. Passauer says this section of Maple Street is currently narrow and plagued by ruts, failing pavement and immediate deep ditches and requires nearly constant repair. The next step in the process is selection of a project consultant and after surveying, project design and bid letting, construction is anticipated to take approximately one year, from August 2021 to August 2022.