BUCKEYE — The Buckeye City Council recently approved a contract that symbolizes what municipalities are dealing with in terms of the spiraling, ever-increasing cost of construction.
By approving the consent agenda at its Nov. 17 meeting, the council OKed an on-call consulting agreement with Ritoch-Powell & Associates for several services on improvements at the intersection of Apache and Broadway roads.
Ritoch-Powell & Associates will provide survey and civil engineering design services. They’ll help design, among other aspects, ditch relocation.
Other aspects to be handled by the firm include drainage and driveway planning, traffic signal planning, utility planning and identifying utility conflicts.
The Mayor Jackie A. Meck Water Campus is located about a half-mile east of the intersection, along Broadway Road.
Three of the four corners of the intersection appear to be actively used for farming; the northwest corner has a park and the Estrella Vista at Buckeye and Rancho Vista Park housing developments.
Youngker High School is to about a mile north of the intersection; Marionneaux Elementary School is about one mile to the southeast.
There are other housing developments in the general area.
Bids that determine the final exact cost of improving the intersection have not been awarded yet. In early October, the Council unanimously approved a consent agenda highlighted by the awarding of a contract for improvements to the intersection of Miller and Broadway roads for about $2.9 million.
Council member Craig Heustis asked Chris Williams, the city’s s, construction and contracting manager, about the status of planned improvements at a much busier intersection, Apache and Southern. Williams said city staff are still trying to work out a right-of-way purchase of land south of that intersection.
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