Downtown Warsaw-- Main Street Revival Continues

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
For the past three months Warsaw’s Main Street, between Seminary and Ferry Streets has been a construction zone. Warsaw City Administrator Randy Pogue reports that although the contractor, Do-Rite Construction, out of Lincoln, has about two more months to complete the improvement project, he expects that the majority of the work will be completed by Heritage Days.
“We are putting in new sidewalks, lights, curbs and gutters for storm water between Seminary and Ferry, on the east side of Main that continue the current downtown theme,” said Pogue. “The sidewalks at the store fronts between Seminary and Polk will meet compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In fact, the whole improvement project will be in compliance with the ADA, but between Seminary and Polk is the most challenging section to comply with ADA. There will also be additional organized parking from Cow Patties to Seminary, and angled parking between Polk and Bolivar in front of the retaining wall.”
Pogue said the goal of the construction is the continuation of the general improvement to create a gateway to downtown. He said that 80 percent of this project is funded by a federal grant (Transportation Alternative Program – TAP), and 20 percent is budgeted locally. Pogue said that the current lane markings are temporary and will be remarked again. 
Although in the long run, these are positive improvements, the time taken for construction have taken a toll on owners of store fronts in the work zone.
“As excited as I am about the improvements being made, I had to be closed about six weeks recently when my porch was removed and replaced with temporary plywood,” said Sweet Tooth Fudge Factory owner Cheralynn Hartsuss. “I felt it was hazardous to elderly customers and those with children. But, I am thrilled with the new concrete porch and will be happy when sidewalks are fully put in place. I understand that the sidewalk will only be on my side of the street and that it is taking time to make sure that it is ADA compliant.”
“I was only able to work five days in September because of the construction, and I have only earned $10 during the first three days of October,” said Lorne, owner of We’ll Be Back Flea Market and Antiques. “I am glad for the sidewalk, but its construction has taken a toll.”
“I hope that during Heritage Days people will be able to get in and out easier and have a better Heritage Days than in the past,” said Pogue.
Pogue said that a new intersection project at Commercial Street and Hwy 7 is a cost-sharing project between the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and Warsaw. MoDOT pays for 50 percent, and Warsaw provides funding for 50 percent. He said only the signal lights need to be completed on the project.
Pogue said that the City of Warsaw is currently applying for more grants to fund construction of sidewalks, lights, curbs and gutters on the other side of Main Street.