City debates $1.3M road extension

City debates $1.3M road extension
MGN Online
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 4:26pm

The Longview City Council will consider spending $1.3 million to extend Fourth Street from Hawkins Parkway to U.S. 259 when it meets Thursday.

The council will decide whether to participate in a proposed developer participation contract with Gary Van Dusen to build a five-lane road on his 50-acre property and portions of Hinsley Park.

The council will also be asked to decide whether to amend the recently approved city budget for fiscal year 2013-14 to include a $1,354,500 account for the Fourth Street Extension project.

“It is more beneficial in terms of traffic flow and safety to have a continuous road there rather than to have the roads offset,” city spokesman Shawn Hara said.

Hara said the road is expected to cost about $3 million. If the contract is approved, the city will support $1 million of the cost and allot $234,500 for contingencies.

The extra $120,000 would be allotted for remaining right of way acquisition and to adjust and install utilities.

“The extension will also cross a small portion of a tract located along Hawkins and owned by a third party,” according to the summary of the ordinance included with the agenda for Thursday’s meeting. “The agreement requires Mr. Van Dusen to contribute any necessary portions of his 50 acres to the city free of charge. However, the agreement does not cover any costs involved in acquiring property that is not owned by Mr. Van Dusen. All such costs will be born entirely by the City.”

The extension of Fourth Street has not come without controversy.

The project was requested by developer Richard Henson and approved by the Longview Parks and Recreation Advisory Board in November.

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