Archive for Friday, March 12, 2010

Pothole relief on the horizon

City crews are cranking up repaving projects in some of the areas hard-hit by the dreaded freeze-thaw cycle.

March 12, 2010


Potholes aplenty

City crews already have filled 10,256 potholes so far this year, a total that includes holes that have reopened repeatedly this winter. For all of last year, crews filled 12,896 potholes.

To report the location of a pothole that needs filling, call the city’s Pothole Hotline, 832-3456, or fill out a form online accessible on the Public Works page at

The rough road stretching for nearly a mile along Iowa Street is being patched and repaved with a fresh driving surface, an emergency $200,000 job expected to be finished by the middle of next week.

Desperate times call for swift action.

“We were literally patching almost around the clock, every day on Iowa,” said Mark Thiel, assistant director of public works for the city of Lawrence. “It was time to do more than pothole patching.”

Repair work started Thursday morning, as crews from Lawrence-based Sunflower Paving Inc. set out to breathe new life into pavement that had been left for dead by harsh winter conditions.

Job one: Patch and repave damaged areas of Iowa, from Yale Road south to the overpass of Irving Hill Road — excluding the eastern edge of the road, which is set for repaving once a new water line is installed later this spring.

The repairs will not be expected to endure for the long haul.

“We’re trying to patch it and get it to where it’s drivable until we can hopefully get a rebuild (of the road) in 2012,” Thiel said.

Other road repair-and-repave projects slated for coming days, as part of a special $400,000 reshuffling of the city’s road-repair priorities for this year:

• Through March 20: Louisiana Street, from 19th to 23rd streets. The entire stretch will be closed to through traffic next week, as Lawrence and Kansas University students are on spring break.

• March 22 to 26: 31st Street, from Ousdahl Road east to the city’s maintenance limits.

• March 29 to April 2: Sixth Street, from Monterey Way to Folks Road.

• After April 5: Kasold Drive, from West Fifth Terrace to Peterson Road.

The city is financing the repairs using some of the $850,000 money that had been set aside for rebuilding Kasold, from Sixth Street to Peterson. That project now will be expected to take two years: The section will have its main problems repaired this year, while more extensive work — including work on sidewalks, an extensive repaving, upgraded medians and marking of a shared bike lane — will wait until 2011, Thiel said.


ForThePeople 8 years, 3 months ago

Hummm, I wish they'd fill all the potholes when the go down the street, not just every third hole. I watched them on my street last week and, literally they filled every third hole, not even touching the worst ones!

kujhawk 8 years, 3 months ago

ForThePeople just out of curiousity what street do you live on, I would like to see this practice of every third hole patching just to see what you are talking about.

hipper_than_hip 8 years, 3 months ago

I would advise people to avoid driving north on Iowa between 15th St and Ninth St., there are some serious potholes that will mess your car up if you hit them.

Sean Livingstone 8 years, 3 months ago

Tax babe..... tax..... stimulus... babe, stimulus!

jbiegs 8 years, 3 months ago

I don't know how to prove it but i'm sure the Topekans have caused this problem for Lawrence.

loloen 8 years, 3 months ago

FYI, avoid all of N. Lawrence. The detour has turned all of it into one giant pothole. Notice, no mention of fixing anything in N. Lawrence. We are bastard children.

amrose42683 8 years, 3 months ago

Bob Billings between Iowa and Kasold needs some serious repair. They try to patch the potholes but they're torn out within a day. Both directions need work, but westbound lanes are worse than the eastbound.

Graczyk 8 years, 3 months ago

They need to get to work on 15th between Iowa and Kasold too. The previous patches aren't holding and whole sections of roadway are nothing but eroding patches.

blackfox 8 years, 3 months ago

What about 23rd st from the east city limits to Barker ??

whats_going_on 8 years, 3 months ago

BOB BILLINGS PKWY, for the love of god, please do it. Honestly this is the worst road because they potholes are HUGE and deep. Please fix them, please please please. My POS car begs you.

hail2oldku 8 years, 3 months ago

No mention in this story lolo, but there was plenty of detail in the story talking about when the intersection on N 2nd is completed. Once open, they will attack the damage caused by the detour. It really does get old ready all of the whining about north lawrence being the bastard child.

methastophalize 8 years, 3 months ago

The city dose not know how to fix these streets in lawrence at all...and didn't they repave Iowa street once already and it is already having potholes and cracks all all over the street. Its a waste of money every time they repave the streets cause they end up going to crap in the winter..why don't they fix them right so we don't have this problem every winter...this city is cheap they don't want to spend the money to fix the streets right and we will constantly have these issues every year

Vinny1 8 years, 3 months ago

When will these idiots learn that concrete is worth the little extra upfront cost?

Seriously have never seen a city as bad as Lawrence with potholes. And they don't learn from mistakes, they just keep making the same ones over and over again. CONCRETE!

bblbfolks 8 years, 3 months ago

This is nothing new to Lawrence...worst darned streets in the state. I used to be a delivery drive, and have driven in most towns in the state of Kansas. Lawrence, for all the money it has, is in the worst shape. At least they are trying to fix things.

puddleglum 8 years, 3 months ago

yeah, the wife says, you always repeat yourself when you're drunk. You repeat yourself when you are drunk.

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shawn1040 8 years, 3 months ago

How about 23rd - from the city limit to Mass St?

planetwax 8 years, 3 months ago

Can we get some relief over in N. Lawrence, please? The detour has ruined our neighborhood roads.

situveux1 8 years, 3 months ago

Nothing for 23rd from the city limits to Barker? Nearly everything will be done in west Lawrence huh? Well, imagine that.

shepdog 8 years, 3 months ago

When is the last time we had a winter like this? Are the roads bad? Yes. I'm not in the road construction business but do people in other towns have some magical asphalt?? I think not. Repairs don't happen overnight. I'd like to think they're doing the best and most logical thing to do.

Kash_Encarri 8 years, 3 months ago

@planetwax - waaah - see hail2oldku's 10:49 comment.

@situvuex1 - it is well known that 23rd from the bridge to the eastern city limits is scheduled to be re-done this summer. I'm too lazy to search the articles for you, but it's pretty easy to find.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 3 months ago

How about 31st street from Ousdahl to Louisiana?

How about east 13th from Haskell to Mass Street? About a 4 ft strip from the curb on both sides of the street.

camper 8 years, 3 months ago

I'm with Vinny. All of these roads have been repaved by asphalt and only a couple years down the line they need repair. The long-term solution is concrete. Concrete is the better material hands down. There are a few stretches (and parking lots) in Lawrence that have it and the proof is right there.

I come from a town that has all concrete and they never have to repave (atleast in the last 30 years or so). So why is there a proble with doing it right? It might be more expensive up front, but the savings will be realized very shortly as we are now witnessing. And once this is realized, budget funds can be shifted to more pressing infrastructure needs such as bridges and levees for instance.

I'm about to say that there is some kind of status quo going on here where contractors happily sign on for repaving jobs where they know they will always be asked back.

Concrete is the answer. When will we realize this?

SLOPOKE 8 years, 3 months ago

i really hate to hear about this suject,now, that one pot hole totaly took out ,passengerside, CV JOINT,my exhaust system,from the manifold all the way back to the last clamp, and cracked my windshield from one side to the other....To the tune of 650.00, (23rd. st. e. of Deem's) it will take a while to save that $ out of my Disability chk...WheA,WheAA, poor me, pour me a drink

Mike Wagner 8 years, 3 months ago

I am going to send my alignment and suspension repair bills to the city! Think they will send me a check? Maybe we should all start a class action lawsuit!!

misseve 8 years, 3 months ago

All i can say is I am a girl (hence the name) and nearly gave myself a black eye from a pot hole on 24th and Ridge the other day... Need i say more?

SLOPOKE 8 years, 1 month ago

Sound's like bigmike has the best idea.....

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