Building Stronger Economy (B.A.S.E.) Grant

Central Avenue Project

The City of El Dorado received a $3 million Building a Stronger Economy (B.A.S.E.) grant, administered through the Kansas Department of Commerce, for water infrastructure, industrial site certification, and sanitary sewer improvements to serve our current community needs along with future industrial development. The goal of the project is to increase the carrying capacity of the water lines leaving our water treatment plant to better prepare the city to serve industrial growth to the north and west of the city in the 1,600 acres the city is marketing for industrial projects. This waterline project will not only better prepare the City to serve our future needs but also allow us to replace existing waterlines that are over 100 years old.  Remaining funds will be used to certify these sites for industrial prospects.

Additional Projects: At the same time the improvements for the B.A.S.E. grant are being made the City also will be using a $1 million Kansas Department of Transportation Cost Share Program grant for stormwater improvements to help reduce the potential of street flooding issues in our downtown area, as well as replacing and rehabilitating approximately half a mile of pavements on Central Avenue to address deteriorating pavement conditions. This project includes a 6 foot x 6 foot underground drainage box from Gordy Street to the old Walnut River channel adjacent to the Kansas Oil Museum, as well as placing new drainage boxes on Central Avenue. The proposed Storm Sewer box will reroute a portion of the storm sewer flow from our downtown.

Construction Start Date: Anticipated May 2024

Completion Date: Anticipated Spring 2025

Cost: The B.A.S.E. grant totals $3 million and requires a local match of at least $750,000. 

  1. Project Timeline
  2. project phases
  3. News Releases
  4. Project Financing

Early 2022 – City staff met to discuss ideas for a grant application for the B.A.S.E. grant program administered by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

February 2022 – Staff reviewed the City’s proposal. Project ideas included an expansion of the water treatment plant, 16-inch water treatment transmission main, 30-inch sanitary sewer interceptor along Constant Creek (see the project page for more information on this project), Topeka Avenue improvement and north industrial park extension and speculative building.

October 2022 – The City applied for the grant for water infrastructure improvements and industrial development.

April 13, 2022 – El Dorado was announced as a first-round recipient for a $3 million B.A.S.E. grant.

May 2022 – The City received a draft version of the Water Treatment and Capacity Study and the Sanitary Sewer Capacity Study for review. Included in the priorities identified were the Central Avenue water transmission main and Constant Creek Sanitary Sewer Interceptor, both of which are included in the BASE grant.

October 2022 – The City was notified it received a $1 million Cost Share Program grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation for stormwater improvements. 

January 2023 – Conceptual engineering is underway on the Central Avenue project. The field study was delayed from the original schedule due to the holidays and weather. PEC also is updating the existing conditions model for stormwater, which will be used to evaluate the storm system’s sizing and ponding depths in the roadway for different storm events. 

April 2023 – PEC provided the City with some stormwater models to help with engineering the City’s Cost-Share Project along Central Avenue. The firm is designing improvements to meet the 10-year flood. The project calls for a 6-foot by 6-foot pipe along Central. 

January 2024 – PEC is coordinating with utilities along the Central Avenue Project. Geotechnical field work has been completed and final plans will be made in February. 

February 2024 - Anticipated bid letting.

April 1, 2024 - City Commission anticipated to consider contract approval.

Late May 2024 - Anticipated start of construction.

Spring 2025 - Anticipated final street resurfacing.