Archive for Thursday, June 24, 2010

Bad smell near KU’s fields should dissipate with a little bit of heat, sun

People who live across 19th Street from the construction on the fields say fertilizer has crossed the road and workers have left pebbles and other items on the road.

June 24, 2010


A foul smell wafting across 19th Street near Ousdahl Road should soon dissipate, as construction crews prepare to clean up after their dirt-hauling operations in the area, a KU official said.

Mark Reiske, associate director for design and construction management at Kansas University, said that odor complaints in the area could be attributable either to piles of dirt dumped on the old “Practice Field No. 3,” adjacent to KU’s soccer field, or perhaps to sewer backups in the area after severe storms last week.

If the soil indeed smells, he said, “that will go away when it dries.”

Either way, Reiske said, the dirt is from the field being removed from KU’s baseball stadium, where a new turf field is set to be installed. And crews plan to be finished hauling dirt today, after which time they’ll get out sweepers and start clearing soiled areas of 19th Street and Naismith Drive.

The displaced dirt is being used to restore grass to an area that had been covered in gravel and used for staging construction equipment during a recent $41 million expansion and renovation of Allen Fieldhouse.


Liberty275 7 years, 12 months ago

Hopefully the ditch north of 31st will also stop stinking with a little heat and sun.

LadyJ 7 years, 12 months ago

There has always been a smell coming from that field under certain conditions , always thought it was my imagination.

grimpeur 7 years, 12 months ago

Why, it's the rotting corpses of taste, style, humility and sense, so ruthlessly murdered at the bottom of Campanile Hill by...

Oops, sorry...wrong KU fields.

gorilla10 7 years, 12 months ago

what a bunch of babies complaining about the smell.....give me a break with these articles people

1234 7 years, 12 months ago

Were I lived a wind out of the east brought us a good smell Hog S*&T.... I never complained, never noticed it until someone said something.

LogicMan 7 years, 12 months ago

Ask if they fertilize with a reclaimed product such as Ironite or Morganite. Then ask what's it made from.

sdwyer 7 years, 12 months ago

The "dirt" has made my backyard smell as though large creatures had expired there, although I found no corpses. If this noxious effluvia permeated the Alumni Association or the new Oread Hotel, the powers that be would not wait for the sun to dissipate the odor. K.U. Athletics is a big business, and like some other big businesses, does not need to listen to the "small people."

Amanda Woodward Davis 7 years, 12 months ago

Is that what that smell was this morning? I live at 9th & New York and it smelled like someone trucked in loads and loads of manure this morning when I left for work. It's never smelled like that before. Seems like a long way to travel to be coming from the baseball field.

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