Pothole repair underway in city
There are some drivers that would like to see more construction on Sixth Street to fix the potholes.
Work to fill-in the potholes is scheduled to begin this week, weather permitting, says Bill Winegar, Baldwin City public works director.
"It's a problem, but it will get better," Winegar said.
Winegar said a combination of traffic overload and construction on U.S. Highway 56 has contributed to the pothole problem, especially at Sixth Street's intersection with the highway.
Temporary patches to the potholes were exactly that temporary.
"They didn't hold," Winegar said of the patches.
However, asphalt is now available to the city. Winegar said temperature restricts the use of asphalt, and asphalt plants close down for the winter.
"Typically, it's too cold to do anything this time of year," he said. "It's a situation where asphalt plants have gotten back into service."
Sixth Street, from the highway south to the city limits, is scheduled for a complete reconstruction next year. However, City Administrator Larry Paine who admitted he has "clunked" his car on the deepest hole said Sixth Street's potholes need attention sooner than that.
"The potholes will be fixed," he said.
Winegar said other potholes will be repaired as well.
"We'll fix the obvious ones," he said.