Groundbreaking Ceremony

Local, civic and government officials were on hand last Friday for the long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony of the new road into the Belleville Industrial Park.
Tapped as “a big day for Belleville” by Mayor Adam Robertson the new infrastructure project opens the doors for business and industrial expansion on the US 81
corridor at Belleville.
–Telescope Photo by Fred Arnold

By Fred Arnold Telescope Publisher

“This is a big day for Belleville,” mayor Adam Robertson said on Friday.

Last week the mayor and other city and civic leaders gathered near Love’s Travel Plaza on North Highway 81 in a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Industrial Park Road. Belleville city council members have been working on the project for nearly a year.

“I know it has been in the works for a long time,” city manager Adam Anderson told the Telescope. “And I think maybe a lot of people were wondering if it was ever going to get underway.”

Anderson said the project, which is the largest single infrastructure project in the city’s history, had been delayed by supply shortages and shipping delays.

The project, which is projected to be done this year, opens the door for new industrial and business development along the corridor. Even though there was no activity in the area since the road became a pending project, local and area civic leaders and economic development officials have been busy working with new companies looking for expansion opportunities.

“We’re a ways off from breaking ground on anything new, but I believe this is one of the most important expansions Belleville has ever seen,” Mayor Robertson said, “I truly believe that you either progress or you die.”

First District Congressman Tracey Mann was in Belleville Monday to meet with local constituents. He told the Telescope that he was happy to be involved in the project “Economic development is so important in rural Kansas,” Mann told the Telescope. “If there is no rural Kansas then there is no Kansas. I am happy that our office could help with this project.”

The roadway is slated for completion on Sept. 1.

“Members of the Belleville city council, especially Mike Palmquist, James Doyle, and Mayor Robertson were pivotal in having the project proceed,” city manager Adam Anderson added.