When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners voted to move forward with a recommendation for improving a section of 10th Avenue.

When they met Tuesday, Leavenworth city commissioners voted to move forward with a recommendation for improving a section of 10th Avenue.

The project, which will repair 10th Avenue between Michigan and Vilas streets, is estimated to cost $903,220.

"It's really a short-term, medium-term solution," Leavenworth Public Works Director Mike McDonald.

A multi-million dollar project to replace the roadway may need to be done sometime in the next 10 years, he said.

Commissioners also voted Tuesday to approve a contract with TranSystems, Kansas City, Missouri, for the company to do the design work for the project at a cost not to exceed $54,550.

Frank Weatherford and Doug Parke, both with TranSystems, met with commissioners Tuesday.

Poor aggregates in the concrete used in the street and freeze-thaw effects of winter may have contributed to the deterioration of the roadway, Parke said.

McDonald said the problems experienced with the concrete are not unique to Leavenworth.

Weatherford and Parke presented three options for repairing the roadway. They recommended option No. 3.

Parke said the repairs resulting from this option may last for five to seven years.

He said the Kansas Department of Transportation has used the same repair method as proposed in option No. 3. He said the KDOT repairs have lasted for about six years so far.

"So it does have a proven history of working," he said.

Once the construction work on 10th Avenue gets started, it may take six to 10 weeks to complete. Weatherford said the project probably will not be completed until mid to late October.

In order to complete the project this year, the city will be unable to avoid disruptions to traffic around Leavenworth High School, City Manager Paul Kramer said.

He said the work probably will not start until August, which will be around the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

He said city officials will work with the Leavenworth school district and others to minimize the disruptions.

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