Archive for Thursday, August 24, 2006

Work to start on 20th Street

August 24, 2006

A year of heavy truck traffic has caused the base on a stretch of 20th Street to erode. After months of discussion, the buckling base of the street has prompted the city to spend $6,000 for the road's repair.

The Eudora City Council gave its approval Aug. 14 to Eudora City Superintendent Delbert Breithaupt to begin the repairs after the city leases and borrows the equipment necessary to do the job.

The city did similar work last summer on the west end of 20th Street. Breithaupt told the council rebuilding the base would be the most economical solution.

"We just decided it would be easier and reasonable for us to get in there and rip it up like we did in the west end and fix the base right," Breithaupt said.

The area in question runs east from a piece of corrugated metal pipe to the 900 block of East 23rd Street.

"When we last (repaired a section of 20th Street) they tore up a section of it then they rebuilt the base and that has held really well," Eudora City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said. "They're going to be doing the sections that are damaged now."

When the council first approached solutions for dealing with the buckling base on 20th Street it first looked at the cause ---- heavy traffic.

"It was caused by large trucks going across it repetitively," Beatty said.

Specifically, one contractor moved many truckloads of dirt across the street over the spring, causing considerable wear, she said.

Earlier in the summer, the council discussed designating the heavy truck traffic to other routes within the city, but decided street damage would follow the trucks no matter where they were routed, Beatty said.

"They've elected to repair 20th Street for the heavy traffic load rather than to ban trucks," Beatty said.

Beatty said the city would be delving into studying the heavy traffic patterns in addition to the 20th Street fix.

"I think we still need to monitor our heavy traffic situation to see if we're holding under heavy traffic," Beatty said.

Further action would be necessary if the city found 20th Street couldn't handle increased heavy traffic loads, Beatty said.

"That's when we pull the heavy traffic out of there, but until then I think it's a good solution," Beatty said.

Although the exact timeline for the road repair project is still up in the air, the work will mostly start within the month, Beatty said.

How the repairs will affect traffic flow is also yet to be determined, Beatty said.

"I'm not sure what their traffic safety pattern is yet," Beatty said.

Once finished, the fix should last five years, Beatty said.

"It would be difficult to tell how long it's going to last. We don't know how the compaction will hold or how long the black top will hold," Beatty said. "That's difficult to say based on the traffic load. I'm hoping it will hold at least five years."

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