Progress continues on the City of Pittsburg’s South Rouse Street Widening and Trail project. Multiple improvements are underway to enhance the nearly mile-long stretch of South Rouse Street from Centennial Drive to the south city limit.
Improvements to the road include installation of a new storm sewer system, expansion of the road to three lanes, and construction of a new multipurpose trail. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is managing the construction.
PHASE ONE – COMPLETE
The first phase of the project was completed in July and included installing a new storm sewer system and eliminating the ditches to improve drainage along the road.
PHASE TWO – IN PROGRESS
The second construction phase is underway and involves reconstructing the east and west sides of South Rouse Street from the south city limit to Cedar Lane.
A signed detour is currently in place limiting the road to one-way traffic. According to the information received from KDOT, the traffic detour is on schedule to end in November, if weather is favorable.
Once construction leading up to Cedar Lane is completed, the contractor will build a temporary access road north of Cedar Lane to allow two-way traffic throughout the rest of the project.
The next phase calls for the reconstruction of the east side of Rouse Street from Cedar Lane to Centennial Drive.
The fourth phase involves reconstruction of the west side of Rouse Street from Cedar Lane to Centennial Drive.
During the fifth and final phase, the construction of a multipurpose walking and biking trail and new driveways along South Rouse Street will be completed. Funding for the trail was provided by a KDOT grant and private donations.
Weather delays and other conflicts have pushed the completion date for the project into next spring. According to information received from KDOT, 32 working days have been charged to date out of a 170-day contract. Weather permitting, the City estimates the entire project will be finished in March.