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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Timing of road project conflicts with school

  • Road work began on 10th Avenue a week before the start of another school year at Leavenworth High School.
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  • Road work began on 10th Avenue a week before the start of another school year at Leavenworth High School.
    But Leavenworth city's manager said that's not the way things should be done.
    "We will be doing a better job in the future," Scott Miller told city commissioners last week.
    Work on a repavement project began Aug. 5. The portion of the road affected by the work is in the vicinity of Leavenworth High School. Classes for the 2013-2014 school year started Aug. 13, but the high school had ninth-grade orientation a day earlier.
    Mike McDonald, director of public works for the city, said the bid for the work was awarded two or three weeks later than city officials had anticipated.
    He cited several things that caused delays in the planning and bid stages for the project including not being able to advertise for bids in June, which had been the goal.
    McDonald said city officials work with Matt Dedeke, director of facilities for the Leavenworth public schools.
    "We try to work with each other as best we can," Mike McDonald said.
    City workers have ground holes in 10th Avenue in areas where concrete has deteriorated. It originally was thought a company would start patching the holes this week. But McDonald said the contractor won't arrive until next week.
    He said the work to patch the holes should go fairly quickly. The street also will be repaved as part of the project.
    So far, holes only have been ground in the center left turn lane. Crews also will grind holes in the northbound and southbound lanes of 10th Avenue. He said traffic will be diverted to open lanes during the work.
    He said crews have not yet started on the other lanes because city officials are trying coordinate the timing with the work of the contractor.
    He said there will be additional work in the area of 10th Avenue and Santa Fe Street to address a problem with the road sinking in this area.
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