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Posted on: September 22, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Message from Mayor Benage: Woodlawn Construction Update

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR with City of Bel Aire Logo

This update on the Woodlawn expansion project brings both good and bad news. 

The good news is, the road is expected to be fully operational by the end of October 2023. The bad news is, the road appears to have multiple defects like the ones shown in these photos. If you’ve driven the road recently, you’ve probably noticed them. This situation must be addressed to ensure we have a safe, quality roadway that is built to last. Unfortunately, it likely means we’ll see more construction on Woodlawn in the near future. 

Defects during Woodlawn construction showing large cracks and potholesDefects during Woodlawn construction showing large cracks and potholes Defects during Woodlawn construction showing large cracks and potholesDefects during Woodlawn construction showing large cracks and potholes

This communication is to inform all Bel Aire residents of the issues we are facing with Woodlawn and explain how the City is addressing them. 

The $11+ million Woodlawn expansion was funded, in part, with a $5.5 million federal grant. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has overseen and inspected every phase of the project, on behalf of the City of Bel Aire. They have worked closely with the various contractors as well.

The City is hiring an independent third-party engineering firm to evaluate the work of all contractors on the project. Over the coming weeks, this firm will re-test the materials used in the concrete, asphalt base and sub-base; re-survey surface and subsurface gradients; re-examine soil and moisture content below and adjacent to the road; and more. Everything will be examined carefully to ensure we identify the root cause of the road failure and find the best way to permanently correct it. We look forward to receiving the results, once the examination is complete.

As we know more, the City will keep you updated via messages like this one. We also encourage you to follow the City’s social media accounts for the latest information.

The past two years of construction have been extremely inconvenient for residents, business owners, and our everyday visitors. We share your frustration and are equally dismayed that more inconvenience is likely on the horizon. Our community expects, not only a safe road that is free of any defects, but also accountability from all the parties who worked on it. We will not compromise on those expectations.

Rest assured that we do not view this project as complete. Once we receive the results from the third-party engineering firm, we will better understand the next step in how to respond to this premature road failure. 

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