Overland Park forges ahead with Westlinks fence and 91st Street trail projects at higher costs

An Overland Park city council committee recently approved moving ahead with bids for two long-anticipated projects, including starting a bike/pedestrian trail along 91st Street, above. Bids for that project came in significantly over original estimates but will get federal and state funding. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

Two construction projects that have long been in the works for Overland Park — a fence replacement at Westlinks golf course and a bike/pedestrian trail along 91st Street — are turning out to be substantially more costly than engineers originally estimated.

Nevertheless a city council committee unanimously approved going ahead with both projects recently, directing city staff to find savings where it can.