City focuses on repairing residential streets

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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WICHITA, Kan.-- Repairs for residential streets in Wichita are scheduled for the spring.

"The neighborhoods have lost some ground as far as the condition of the streets, so what we're looking at doing is that for the next couple of years, re-emphasizing the street repairs in neighborhoods," said Alan King, Wichita Public Works and Utilities Director.

King said they plan to focus on thermal cracks, which span the width of a residential street and are caused by hot and cold cycling over several years.

"Some of the maintenance over the years has been deferred, that we haven't done as much as could have been done to kind of keep even with the amount of degradation we see every year," said King.

Last year, the City Council voted to approve an increase in the contracted pavement maintenance budget from $6 million to $8 million. For 2014, they plan to maintain over 47 lane-miles of arterial streets and more than 398 lane-miles of residential streets.

"I think it reflects the council's priorities to make sure that we spend the necessary funds to protect the public's investment in that important infrastructure, namely streets and roads," said King.

Thermal crack repairs take about an hour and they are expected to last a few years.

For a list of streets scheduled for repair in 2014, click here.

For the map of streets scheduled for repair, click here.

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