Archive for Wednesday, June 28, 2000

U.S. Highway 56 construction ‘back on track’

June 28, 2000

The U.S. Highway 56 project through Baldwin City has hit a few speed bumps, but weather permitting, will continue its progress towards an August completion.

"They've had a few setbacks with rain and storm sewer problems," said Bill Winegar, assistant utilities director. "Work is progressing again and they are back on track."

The longest set back was due to a storm sewer under the highway which was installed at the wrong elevation. The workers had to cut into the new highway in order to fix the storm sewer. Additional costs associated with the problem were payed for by the contractor. According to Winegar it took about a week to solve the problem.

Winegar said that a reasonable goal for completion of the highway is before the beggining of school in the fall.

Along with the Sixth Street realignment, the intersection of Ames Street and U.S. 56 has been altered for a safer entrance to U.S 56, and to reduce congestion. Ames Street is no longer connected to the highway.

According to Winegar the south side of the highway should go quicker, "They will start on the south side after the first of the month, and that should go quicker because the road crossings and storm sewers are ready to go."

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