Traffic signal waiting for green light
Work was expected to start Wednesday on the traffic signal at South Limit Avenue and Tiger Pride Boulevard for Smith-Cotton Senior High School, as construction of the building nears completion.
The traffic signal work hit a slight snag, as the district and the Missouri Department of Transportation are waiting for a property owner affected by the construction to sign off on the final agreement.
Superintendent Harriet Wolfe said the owners have agreed to the project and signed other documents related to the project, but have to sign a third document before construction on that section of the intersection can continue.
“It’s not that they have a problem with it, it’s just that they’ve haven’t done it,” she said.
An access point on the east side of the highway has to be moved for the intersection.
The right lane of the highway, first southbound and then northbound, will close because of construction. Construction on the intersection will not take place Fridays because of traffic.
Construction will start on the west side until the agreement is signed.
“MoDOT has substantially agreed that we can start work on the west side, but we can’t do any work on the east side until we get those documents, even though they’ve already agreed to it,” Wolfe said Tuesday.
Dennis Paul, president of construction management division of Septagon Construction Co., said “We have some paperwork issues on the east side, but we’re going to get started and that will have no impact on the final” completion date.
Other parts of the project are anticipated to be complete later this month.
Paul said he estimated that areas A through D, which include the gymnasium, cafeteria, two classroom wings, the media center and administrative offices, are about 90 percent complete.
The first two areas to be delivered will be the administrative offices and media center, and the first classroom wing.
“We’re still working for that mid-June completion,” he said. A punch list, the last step before the construction company turns the area over to the district, should be generated within the next few weeks.
Paul said paving work on the parking lots and Tiger Pride Boulevard should also begin in the next few weeks.
“I think things are moving along quite nicely. We’ve got some potential issues, but we’ll work through them,” he said.
Earlier this week, Wolfe toured the building, where there is visible progress.
“The carpet’s laid in the library, the ceiling is in. It looks great,” she said. “They’re staining the floor in the cafeteria, so that’s coming together pretty quick, too.”
The hallway floors in a classroom wing are being stained, and tile has been laid in the classrooms. Cabinets have been installed in the science rooms, she said.
Library shelving should arrive Friday, and the district will soon install computers in the administrative area.
That’s “the brains of the building,” Wolfe said.
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