This vacant property at the corner of Agate and East Shawnee streets in Paola is being turned into a parking lot for county employees as part of the Agate Street rehabilitation project. The county-owned property is just south of an existing county parking lot and across the street from the Miami County Detention Center.

PAOLA — The Agate Street rehabilitation project is moving forward.

At its meeting Wednesday, June 26, Miami County commissioners gave permission to Project Manager Matt Oehlert to solicit bids for construction and construction engineering inspection services.

The rehabilitation project is being funded by the county’s quarter-cent sales tax and is expected to cover about 500 feet of Agate Street, between Shawnee and Miami streets.

Improvements will include mill and overlay with full-depth patching, a new concrete approach to the administration parking lot, concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks east of the project, the additional parking lot and sidewalks to connect parking lots, according to a county Road and Bridge Department report.

Oehlert told county commissioners at their March 6 meeting that enough funds were available in the Agate Street improvement project’s $257,000 budget to put in more on-street parking spaces.

The project also includes construction of a parking lot at the corner of South Agate and East Shawnee streets for county employees. The parking lot received the green light from county commissioners in November 2018. The city of Paola also signed off on the new parking lot and the Agate Street rehabilitation work.

The repairs to Agate were made necessary by excessive wear on the street while the Miami County Detention Center was being constructed.

While the new parking lot would be designated for county employees, county commissioners said additional on-street parking could be made available for public use.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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