SIKESTON - City Council members approved the 2004 Street Program as presented but are interested in seeing a long-term solution for traffic problems related to Industrial Drive, Linn Street and North Ingram.
The cost for the recommended plan as presented during the regular Sikeston City Council meeting Monday is $372,997.
The plan was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission during their Feb. 3 meeting, according to Public Works Director Tom Bridger.
"We were shooting for a small program this year," said Bridger. City officials explained the Transportation Sales Tax Fund is paying the general fund back money transferred previously.
Overlays included in the program and their projected costs as estimated with advice from engineer John Chittenden of Waters Engineering in Sikeston are as follows:
Cherokee, $29,952; Apache, $6,454; Arapahoe, $11,026; Coleman, $46,637; Dorothy (Frisco to South West), $11,267; Second, $17,927; Watson, $32,034; Linn, $39,878; Hunter (Moore to Sikes), $7,286; Vernon (south of College), $33,481; Industrial (Selma to Reliable), $88,889; West Kathleen (New Madrid to Stoddard), $10,159; Russell, $27,893; and Henry, $10,114.
Councilman Phil Boyer said he is not comfortable pouring nearly $90,000 into Industrial Drive when the real problem of traffic trying to get to North Ingram should be addressed.
City Manager Doug Friend said he would direct staff to design streetlight intersection projects for consideration, if the Council wished it.
Council also has the option to add streets through change orders and reserves the right to pull individual streets from the package as well, Friend added.