Road improvements totaling more than $13.1 million for 2013 and involving 19 projects in nine cities, unanimously received the green light Thursday, November 1, by the Johnson County Board of Commissioners.
The funding included $12.6 million for the County Assistance Road System (CARS) program that was approved in August by the board as part of the county’s FY 2013 budget plus the use of $466,848 from CARS reserves for a total authorization of $13.1 million.
Most of the projects on the CARS to-do list in 2013 will involve major maintenance of existing roadways, such as asphalt overlays, curb repairs, storm sewers, sidewalk improvements that include ADA compliant ramps, pavement markings, and traffic loops.
The 2013 CARS program has one continuation project involving improvements to Roe Avenue from the south to the north city limits of Roeland Park, which is providing $697,000. CARS is contributing $548,000.
Three new projects are in Overland Park, including improvements to 91st Street from U.S. 69 Highway to Antioch Road ($2,019,000); to 75th Street from Antioch Road to Metcalf Avenue ($310,000), and to Quivira Road from College Boulevard to 111th Street ($161,000).
Six projects involve Overland Park with other partners. One will be rehabilitation of the bridge over Blue River with Overland Park funding $179,000, Johnson County providing $178,000, and CARS adding $357,000.
Two other projects involve Overland Park in partnership with the cities of Olathe and Merriam.
Improvements to 127th Street from Black Bob to Pflumm roads include $3.7 million in  funding from Olathe and $50,000 from Overland Park. CARS is adding $3.8 million.
Merriam and Overland Park are each providing $146,000 to improve 75th Street from Frontage Road to Antioch Road along with $292,000 from CARS.
Another joint project will construct improvements to Somerset Drive from Belinder Avenue to Reinhardt Lane with the Prairie Village funding $284,000; Leawood, $85,000; and CARS, $369,000.
Two road maintenance projects are in Olathe, including improvements to Ridgeview Road from 119th Street to K-10 Highway ($650,000) and to Parker Street (Kansas-7 Highway) from Old U.S. 56 Highway to Spruce Street ($500,000).
Two other projects are in Merriam, involving improvements to the Johnson Drive bridge over Turkey Street ($190,000) and to Shawnee Mission Parkway from Antioch Road to Lowell Street ($115,000).
Other 2013 projects include CARS funding of:
• $56,000 to De Soto for 83rd Street from Waverly to Gardner roads;
• $750,000 to Mission for Johnson Drive from Nall Avenue to Woodson as the first phase of Lamar to Nall Avenues project;
• $300,000 to Shawnee for Shawnee Mission Parkway from Flint Street to the east city limits; and,
• $1,134,000 to Lenexa for 79th Street from Pflumm to Lackman Roads.
The CARS program was established in 1983 with a goal to construct and maintain local major transportation corridors in partnership with the cities of Johnson County.