• Weather delays Grant Ave. work

  • Grant Avenue, including Grant Gate, from the gate to the corner of Cody Road and Stimson Avenue, will be closed from 9 a.m. June 28 to 5 a.m. July 2 for a repaving project, if weather allows. The work was originally scheduled for June 21-24, but was postponed because of weather.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Grant Avenue, including Grant Gate, from the gate to the corner of Cody Road and Stimson Avenue, will be closed from 9 a.m. June 28 to 5 a.m. July 2 for a repaving project, if weather allows. The work was originally scheduled for June 21-24, but was postponed because of weather.
    “The work on Grant Avenue, along with the majority of the work performed under the postwide asphalt maintenance contract, is part of the pavement preservation program we are in the process of implementing at Fort Leavenworth based on the model developed by the Federal Highway Administration in cooperation with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials,” said Tom Dow, Directorate of Public Works project manager. “Pavement preservation is a proactive approach in maintaining roads (and) addresses pavements whose structural section is still in good condition with significant remaining service life.
    “By applying a cost-effective treatment at the right time — that is, before the onset of serious damage — the pavement surface can be restored almost to its original condition,” he said. “When properly funded and implemented, pavement preservation can increase the life of the pavement from between 20 and 30 years to (more than) 50 years, resulting in a significant cost-savings.”
    The project, headed by the Army Corps of Engineers and DPW, will include installing new asphalt wearing courses in the southbound lanes between Cody Road and Metropolitan Avenue and in the northbound lane between Cody Road and the access control point booths, Dow said. Additionally, the expansion on the north side of the ACP booths where the lanes go from six to two will be removed and replaced with an eight-inch thick asphalt pavement.
    “The reason for the full-depth replacement in this area is because, when the expansion was constructed in 2005, the pavement failed structurally,” Dow said.
    Finally, the asphalt for the inbound lanes on the south side of the Grant ACP booths in between the concrete pavements for the ACP booth and Metropolitan will be removed and replaced with concrete.
    The asphalt work is expected to be completed within the four-day closure window, and the concrete paving is expected to be completed in approximately four weeks, Dow said.
    During the four-day closure, Hancock Gate will be open continuously until 8 a.m. July 2. Sherman Gate will be open 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 28 and July 2. All gates will return to normal schedule on July 1.
    In the case of inclement weather, the project will be postponed to the following weekend.
    For more information, contact Dow at 684-8966 or e-mail thomas.a.dow.civ@mail.mil.
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