Mission’s costs for Johnson Drive, Martway projects drops from early estimates

first_imgUtility crews have been working since last summer to relocate utilities in anticipation of the Johnson Drive rebuild in 2014.The total cost to the City of Mission for the extensive street projects on Martway and Johnson Drive extending into 2014 have dropped substantially in the last several months.Between May and November, the total cost to the city on both projects has been lowered as the Martway construction actually wrapped up and the Johnson Drive project, which will run through next summer, took construction bids last week.The initial Johnson Drive construction bid came in nearly $684,000 less than the engineer’s estimate. Some additional subcontracts will be awarded in January that will round out the bids. The city had already seen its costs drop from May estimates, mostly as a result of increased participation from Johnson County road funds. That accounted for the bulk of a $1.6 million reduction in what the city is expected to pay.The Johnson Drive rehabilitation, including a significant storm water project, still will cost approximately $10 million, but the city’s share is expected to be less than $4.5 million. The Martway project, which concluded this summer, cost about $300,000 less than predicted in May for a total of just under $3.3 million. The city’s share was less than $1.3 million.The Johnson Drive cost estimates had been a point of concern at city council meetings because the cost of acquiring easements and right of way access for sidewalks, parking and roadway were approximately double early estimates.  The council defeated a resolution to increase the project funding based on the May estimates.In some cases the city did not own easements, going back decades, for sections that are part of the street. In a twist on that scenario, it was discovered that the city easement actually extended into the Verizon building. That is being corrected by vacating the easement for the building owner.The Johnson Drive project will rebuild the street from storefront to storefront next summer. Utility work in preparation for the project has been under way for months.last_img read more

South Sudan to set up body for daily spending decisions

first_imgThe South Sudanese government plans to set up a body to take charge of its daily spending as the world’s youngest nation battles an economic crisis caused by more than two years of civil war.South Sudan’s finance minister Stephen Dhieu Dau said in a statement that the country’s current funding position is “uncertain and volatile” and “revenues may fall short of focus and will fluctuate widely in the short term.”“This situation calls for monthly, weekly and daily decisions on spending, borrowing and saving so that there are resources available to keep government functioning,” Dau added.The oil-producing nation saw inflation exceed 720 percent in August as it struggles with declines in oil revenue and the local currency.The government last week approved a 22.3 billion South Sudanese pound (about $474.7 million) budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year with plans to fund it by external borrowing and sales of crude.last_img read more

Nikki Bella rubbishes rumours that she broke up with John Cena for TV ratings

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Fuming over hoon nightmare

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Strong to the finish, with Bunyip spinach

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