People who've driven by the 300 block of Choctaw Street recently may have noticed that the road is closed.
The current construction is a continuation of efforts to rebuild the street, according to Melissa Bower, public information officer for the city of Leavenworth.
The area where Choctaw Street is now located had been part of a railroad track until the 1980s when it became a roadway. Over time, weather, water and heavy industrial traffic has degraded the street, according to Bower.
Last year, the entire roadbed in the 200 block of Choctaw Street was replaced.
This year, the city is focusing on the 300 block of Choctaw Street. The entire roadbed is not being replaced in this block.
This year's work includes replacement of curbs and sidewalks. The new curbs will be an inch higher.
Crews will grind a total of three inches off the roadway, then replace with four inches of new asphalt. Crews also will be adding drainage along the north side of the roadway. New driveways will be constructed for businesses in that block.
The project is estimated to cost about $200,000.
The work should be completed around Sept. 12, according to Mike McDonald, director of public works for the city of Leavenworth.
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