East 13th Street Falling Apart After Winter Storm

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

East 13th has been under construction for months because the road was in desperate need of an upgrade. But after all the snow, city engineers say the road is practically falling apart.

Drivers in the area may not have to dodge pot holes much longer.

After just one visit to Brotherhood Presbyterian, June Hicks says it was an easy decision to become the Preschool teacher. That was 40 years ago.

“Been here ever since,” June Hicks said.

What's not so easy, is her daily commute down east 13th street.

"It's a trip, bump, bump, bump. And some times I go over and I think 'I hope it doesn't tear anything out from under my car,'" Hicks said.

Hicks says since last weeks' blizzards, the street has gotten even worse.

"Oh yeah, everything is a pot hole. The whole street is a pot hole,” Hicks said.

City engineers say all the snow and moisture gets into cracks. It freezes, expands, and creates new pot holes. They say they constantly have to patch up the same holes over and over.

"Even in the same day, we've been out here on some of these pot holes two or three times in the same day putting patch hole material in it,” Construction Engineer for the City of Wichita, Greg Baalman said.

That's why crews have been busy finishing the north side of the east 13th, so drivers can switch over to the smooth pavement.

Construction crews will be out finishing up their work Friday morning. They hope to open up the north lanes and move traffic over by noon so they can start repairing that side of the street right away.

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