Trenton City Council meets with MoDOT regarding Highway 6

Trenton, Missouri

The Trenton City Council had a lengthy discussion with a Missouri Department of Transportation official during Monday nights’ meeting at the city hall. Topics covered details of a MoDOT proposal regarding state Highway 6 through Trenton.

During the discussion, MoDOT engineer Austin Hibler revealed resurfacing on Highway 6 will be delayed due to obligating construction funds for improvements on Interstate 29.  Hibler said he learned yesterday that the bid-letting for Highway 6 in Trenton is now expected in December of 2019 with resurfacing work done in the year 2020.  That’s a year later than what Trenton officials had previously been told.

After reviewing information of what MoDOT has proposed, the city council voted to proceed with MoDOT developing an agreement for council members to consider.  It is expected to detail current maintenance needs of Highway 6 through Trenton as well as clarifying the right of way ownership and future maintenance responsibilities.

Hibler cited project estimates that would cost the city of Trenton $105,000 dollars. MoDOT has estimated $209,000for work it’s planning.  MoDOT has proposed, during the resurfacing of Highway 6 to pay up to $100,000 for water main replacements between 4th Street and Olive.  MoDOT also plans to mill and overlay parking areas on Main (or Highway 6) between 4th and 9th, curb ramp repairs on city-owned right of way from 4th to 9th streets and Highland to Kitty.  MoDOT also would replace or repair sidewalks within the states’ existing Highway 6 right of way.

In part, the city of Trenton has been asked to accept ownership of MoDOT right of way along portions of Highway 6, the additional southern 500 feet of Oklahoma Avenue and Route AA which is a portion of Princeton Road from 20th to 28th street. Trenton’s Street Supervisor Martin Schieb told the city council it could cost the city $100,000 for a two-inch overlay on Princeton Road.

In discussing the resurfacing of state highway 6, Hibler said MoDOT requests the road contractor use the “super pave” mix with an inch and three-quarter thickness, which he stated is the same as what is used on Interstate Highways.

On another project, City Administrator Ron Urton announced MoDOT has given right of way approval for replacement of the 17th street bridge at Trenton. The city will be starting the process of acquiring easements, the right of way, and properties. Union Pacific Railroad is described as reviewing the plans as the city waits on a construction agreement from them.

The city of Trenton will hold an informational meeting for property owners impacted by the 17th street bridge project. This will be a come and go session on April 18th from 4 to 6 o’clock at Trenton city hall. Urton said the meeting will include an engineer and an appraiser who will meet with property owners.