Brick Street Restoration Project
Fourteen blocks of brick streets have been designated for the first phase of a restoration project in Baldwin City.
At the May 5th, 2022, Council Meeting, City Council unanimously approved Phase I of a brick street restoration plan presented by Public Works Director Rob Culley. The plan designates fourteen blocks of brick streets that are most important to preserve the character of the downtown area and Baker campus.
Culley notes that it might be possible to fund up to 70% of the construction cost through grants, from discussions he's had with Jason Hoskins of BG Consultants. Cost calculations for various methods of brick street replacement or rehab are available here.
City Council voted unanimously at the June 21st, 2022, Council Meeting to send a sales tax initiative to public vote, designating a .5% sales tax raise within city limits as funding to work on brick street restoration. Citizens will see the sales tax question on the General Election ballots November 8th, 2022. You may read the full resolution and public notice here.
In council discussions over prior months, a consensus was reached regarding which blocks to focus on first. Other matters discussed include how to handle any brick streets that are not included in the initial restoration phase. Council and staff agreed that any full-scale restoration of residential streets will require community engagement and dialogue with residents.
None of the existing brick streets that are not in Phase I are scheduled for replacement or demolition. Temporary asphalt “patches” may be applied to make the streets smoother until a long term plan and funding is identified and implemented for the streets not in Phase I.
The fourteen blocks designated for the original focus include High Street from 5th to 9th, 8th Street from Indiana to Dearborn, Dearborn from 6th to 8th, Grove from 6th to 8th, and 7th Street from High to Grove.
Brick Street Rehab: Construction cost = $350,000 per block.
Project cost = $440,000 per block
- Removal of existing street and curbs. Salvage existing brick pavers (palletize for re-use).
- 6” concrete pavement base for pavers on a 6” gravel street base (AB-3).
- Reinstall brick pavers with paver sand.
- New concrete curb and gutters.
- Storm Sewer (varies, estimate includes $125 per ft. for inlets and smaller diameter pipes).
- Minimal ancillary impacts (minor driveway aprons just where impacted by curb replacement, no sidewalks, etc.).
- Mobilization, bonds, staking, seeding/restoration, erosion control and other misc. incidentals estimated at $35,000 per block.