A crowd of nearly fifty people attended a meeting Monday evening at the Marysville City Building to discuss the Seventh Street corridor project. Wyatt Thompson, the city’s engineering contractor, listened to concerns about the project’s design from businesses owners worried about losing customer parking and other issues.
Thompson presented several drawings showing various options for improving the corridor. After nearly 2 hours of discussion the group seemed to favor a concept drawing that would create 63 parking spaces west of the Helvering Community Center and Wagon Wheel Restaurant. It would also add a 10-foot-wide-path on the former railbed. The plan would increase the number of parking spaces in the area from the current number which is estimated to be 50 spaces.
The project is scheduled to go out for bids in late April, but several participants if that could be delayed to give the public time to study the plan. Thompson said he would talk with Kansas Department of Transportation officials to see whether they would allow a delay.
The concept and other options are available for public viewing at the Marysville City Building. The state has offered Marysville a Transportation Enhancement program grant to help build a walking-biking path along the former rail bed from Broadway Street to U.S. Highway 77 south of City Park. The grant would pay for 80 percent of the project costs up to a maximum amount of $300,000. The City would be responsible for 20 percent of the project cost.
The crowd was informed the Marysville City Council Members plan to discuss the plan and possibly determine a timeline at their regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening.