Wichita’s lack of moisture the past two years cuts two ways when it comes to street projects.
Dry weather means work can keep going.
“It’s been a blessing in that regard,” City Engineer Gary Janzen said. “But we need to trade it off and get some rain.”
Too little moisture means water has to be brought to job sites so road beds can be compacted correctly – and that adds to costs, he said.
“For optimum compaction, we need rain,” Janzen said. “There has to be some moisture in the soil. It can’t be bone dry.”
Rain or shine, the city and Sedgwick County have plenty of projects in the works for 2013.
Just counting the key projects, the city has more than $100 million worth of street, drainage and bridge work going on this year. Some projects will be completed this year and others in 2014.
The county has one main road project – 135th Street West between K-32 and 71st Street South – and will be replacing four large bridges and eight smaller ones, Public Works Director David Spears said.
The average life of a bridge is 50 years, and the county has about 600 bridges.
“You better do about 12 a year or you’ll get behind,” Spears said.
Bridges for I-235 to 13th
135th West between 13th and 21st streets
Central from 119th West to 135th West
135th West from Kellogg to Onewood
West Kellogg frontage roads
Broadway bridge at 34th South
Drainage on South Meridian
William from Emporia to Main
13th from Hydraulic to Oliver
37th North from Hillside to Oliver
135th West from K-42 and 71st South
Bridge on 103rd South
Bridge on 55th South
Bridge on 107th South
Bridge on 239th West