On Tuesday, December 17, the City Commission awarded a construction contract for the Kimball Avenue and College Avenue Intersection improvements to Wildcat Construction Company Inc, of Wichita, Kansas in the amount of $7,534,149.54. This work represents Phase VI of the North Campus Corridor (NCC) Project.
This phase will rebuild the intersection of College Avenue and Kimball Avenue to include dual left turn lanes for east and west Kimball Avenue traffic, Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons on College Avenue and 10 foot multi-use trail on the north side of Kimball Avenue. The project also addresses storm sewer, water main, pavement replacement, landscaping, irrigation, and hardscape. The existing overhead utility infrastructure will be relocated underground. By moving these items underground, more space is available for items on the surface, such as the bus stop, the multi-use trail, landscaping, fencing, and lighting.
All costs associated with the waterline relocation will be paid from the Water Fund. All costs associated with the pavement removal and replacement for that water main construction will be paid from the Street Maintenance Fund. Storm sewer costs will be paid from the storm sewer fund. City University and K-State Athletics contributions total $250,000.00 and $300,000.00 annually. A total of $3.5 million of the $10 million pledged from City University is being proposed for this first phase. The full $3 million from K-State Athletics is also proposed for this first phase. Work is estimated to begin in early 2020 with main road work starting in the spring. Check our active projects map for construction information once the work begins.
For a reminder, the NCC project will expand the major roadways near Kansas State University and the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF): Kimball, Denison, College, and North Manhattan Avenues. Kimball Avenue serves as the arterial roadway connecting Kansas Highway 113 and U.S. Highway 24 to NBAF. Over the next 20 years, these improvements are projected to help support nearly 5,000 jobs in Manhattan related to K-State Research, NBAF, the K-State Foundation and private sector jobs related to animal health and bio-science.