City of Sabetha: Sixth Street projects faces weather delays

A portion of Sixth Street is still blocked off at Lincoln Street.

Issues continue to delay the Sixth Street repavement project — the most recent one being weather. An early morning snowfall on Monday, Nov. 11, halted progress on the project. City Administrator Doug Allen said the initial plan that day was to pour concrete in the large section by the sports complex. With the snowfall, crews were forced to wait.

“We need to have a couple of good weeks of weather to finish this section,” Allen said. “We hope to start early this spring with the sections between the railroad tracks to Lincoln Street.”

The City hopes to complete concrete work from Berwick Road south to the Lincoln Street intersection done before work is stopped for winter.

For now, Sixth Street is open from Main to the entrance to NorthRidge Church on Lincoln Street and closed from Lincoln Street to the north entrance of the Sports Complex.

About the Project

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.

A bid has been accepted for the Walking Trail portion of the project.

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,” Allen said earlier this year. “The weather has kept this project so behind.”

Construction on the project began last fall with crews working on utilities.

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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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