May showers delay Sixth Street project
April showers bring May flowers, but May showers have brought more delays in construction for Sabetha’s Sixth Street project. The precipitation in May has set the Sixth Street project back a few months, according to City Administrator Doug Allen.
“We are running a few months behind on the latest Sixth Street projection,” Allen said.
The Sixth Street Project, which began last fall, includes a concrete street with curbs, a walking trail running alongside the newly paved street, replacement of the water line under the street and electrical upgrades. The street improvement will allow for the five-foot wide walking trail.
Construction on the project began last fall with crews working on utilities. The utility work is mostly done, Allen said, with the exception of installing water and storm drains.
Once those items are complete, then concrete work will begin, but not without some issues.
“It’s been really wet and saturated and the dirt won’t compact,” Allen said. “So, we are looking at different options to help compaction.”
In addition to the precipitation in May, there were some unplanned issues that the city has faced during this project. There was confusion on utilities, and this slowed the project down considerably.
Initially, the Sixth Street repairs were supposed to be completed by the end of 2019. However, Allen says that it will likely be completed next year. With the slowing of the Sixth Street repairs, this pushes the Walking Trail portion of the project back several months.
“The Walking Trail portion is set to bid in August,” Allen said. “It was going to be real tight to fit the whole project in 2019, so I am pretty sure we are looking at a spring or summer of 2020 to finish, barring more delays.”