Work started this week on the 183rd Street improvement project, which will reconstruct the roadway with the addition of a 10-foot sidewalk. The construction is expected to be completed by late October. 183rd Street is closed to through traffic in the meantime. Staff photo by Mark Taylor

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Construction work started this week on 183rd Street between Moonlight Road and Center Streets.
The work – which is expected to take about two months to complete – will replace pavement and add a 10-foot wide sidewalk along a section of the north side of 183rd Street.
Mark Pottinger, engineering technician for the Gardner Public Works Department, said residents in subdivisions along 183rd Street will have back-road access to their neighborhoods and a few landlocked property owners will receive special accommodations to access 183rd Street during the construction process.
For example, the Gardner Post Office’s 183rd Street access has been closed and access is available from Center Street.
“Really, everybody that lives out there is going to have a different way (to access their neighborhoods,” Pottinger said.
Detour signs will also direct east-west motorists to use Main Street for the duration of the construction.
The project consists of full depth pavement reconstruction, a 2-inch asphalt overlay from Mulberry Street to Moonlight Road, and a 10-foot wide concrete sidewalk along 183rd Street between Center and Mulberry Streets.
Pottinger said the new sidewalk will tie into the existing recreational trail that runs along the east side of Center Street.
The city contracted O’Donnell and Sons Construction for the $562,203 project.
The city will cover $235,536 of the total project cost from the Special Highway Fund.
Remaining costs will be funded with a $45,565 Community Development Block Grant and $281,101 from the Johnson County CARS Program.
Work started on Aug. 22, and is expected to be completed by the end of October.
For more information, call Pottinger at  (913) 856-0918.