Butler County Times Gazette
  • School Street repairs delayed until 2014

  • Augusta City Council decided to wait until early in 2014 to rebuild School St.
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  • School Street residents know what it is like to wait.
    The length of School St. north of High St. (where the street dead ends at Garfield Elementary School) has been scheduled to be repaired for a couple of years.
    However, because of the construction of the new school and also Kansas Gas repairs in the area, any work that was done would have been destroyed.
    The city hoped to build a new street in the area by the end of the 2013 paving season, but gas line repairs have only been completed for about a week. That combined with busy schedules for paving contractors who lost a lot of work hours to rain earlier in the summer, made it a risky proposition to start the reconstruction process this year.
    Because of that, the Augusta City Council decided to wait until early in 2014 to rebuild the street.
    City Engineer Larry Henry said the street has about 20 crossings in it right now due to utility work that crossed the street. Because of that, he would like to get the work done this year.
    But with colder temperatures coming, he was worried that the process to remove the current street, lay the liner, add five inches of crushed concrete, add five inches of asphalt and do the concrete curb and gutter work wouldn’t be finished before cold temperatures stopped the project.
    Mayor Kristey Williams asked what the advantage was to waiting to do the work.
    Henry said if the process stopped in the middle of the work, the portion that was completed could be damaged by traffic on the street until the work continued in March or April.
    “There would be a lot of extra cost if the work stopped and had to be repaired,” Councilor Mike Rawlings said.
    Henry also pointed out that the contractor asked for the delay on the project, and because of that, they would honor the original bid price for the project.
    With that information, the council voted 7-0 with Mike Wallace absent to delay the project until the spring.
    Henry said the city street crews would have to keep a close eye on School Street and make sure that it remains drivable until the project is completed next spring.
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