KC Metro Area Cities Deal With Problem Concrete

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cities across the Kansas City metro area are facing millions of dollars in repairs to concrete structures that were installed years ago.

The Kansas City Star reports that the problem of concrete that's falling apart appears to affect several area streets and curbs. It's called D-cracking and can be traced back to bad limestone that was used in the late 1980s.

Officials say some of the limestone was susceptible to water getting in it, causing crumbling.

Overland Park, Kan., will spend about $2 million next year replacing curbs and gutters, and beginning next year Leawood will spend about $12 million to $16 million over the next four years to replace curbs. Lee's Summit funded about $9 million to replace about 400,000 feet of curb and gutter.

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