PAOLA — Following a harsh and damaging winter, the city of Paola is preparing to spend more than $300,000 in improvements and repairs to city streets.

Paola City Council members approved the projects in May, which include mill and overlays, chip-and-seal work and microsurfacing.

Council members approved a bid from Killough Construction to handle the mill and overlay work at a cost of $220,756.85. A bid from Vance Brothers was approved to complete the chip-and-seal projects at a cost of $44,703.12, and a Vance Brothers’ microsurfacing bid also was approved totaling $65,340.

Some of the costliest projects include resurfacing the City Hall parking lot; overlaying some routes around Lake Miola, including across the dam; chip-and-sealing South Silver Street; and concrete patching a portion of Hedge Lane.

The city, as it has done in recent years, will continue to pave over brick streets in certain areas that have become maintenance nightmares.

“They’ve outlived their usefulness and design,” Public Works Director Kirk Rees said of the brick streets during a City Council work session earlier this year. “They’re expensive to rebuild. It’s not cost effective.”

Some of the projects have already taken place, including the paving of the bricks on Miami Street between Castle and Hickory streets.

A complete list of projects can be found on the accompanying map.

Editor and Publisher Brian McCauley can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or

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