Sixth Street projects moves forward

Work on the portion of Sixth Street from Main Street north to the railroad tracks is now complete and open for traffic.

After many months of not being able to travel north on Sixth Street, the street is now open from Main Street to Lincoln Street. Work on the portion of Sixth Street from Main Street north to the railroad tracks is complete, and work on the second phase of the project — from Lincoln Street to the north entrance of the Sports Complex — is underway.

The Sixth Street Project, which began a year ago, 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.

Initially, the Sixth Street repairs were expected to be completed by the end of 2019. However, the city has faced many unplanned issues throughout this project, including confusion on the utilities and heavy precipitation in May. With the precipitation, the dirt was saturated and would not compact, which set crews behind on concrete work.

“We’ve kind of stopped giving projections on when it will be complete,” said Doug Allen, Sabetha City Administrator. “The weather has kept this project so behind.”

Construction on the this project began last fall with crews working on utilities. Allen said that utility work is basically done except for storm drains that will be put in as the concrete is being poured.

As soon as the youth soccer season is complete in mid-October, Allen said he expects work will begin from the south entrance of the Sports Complex to Berwick Road.

The center portion of Sixth Street is left untouched at the moment. Work may not begin on that portion until spring, Allen said, unless there is some time to squeeze in a block before winter.

Walking Trail

Bids are expected for the Walking Trail portion of the project this week.

“From there, we will just time it to work with the street,” Allen said.

In June, Allen had said it was expected that the whole project will be complete in spring or summer of 2020, barring more delays.

Krista Wasinger63 Posts

Krista Wasinger is Co-Editor of The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2011. She specializes in city reporting and feature stories, as well as photography and page and advertising design. Krista is a 2004 Fort Hays State University graduate with a degree in communications studies with an emphasis in journalism.

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