McPherson residents have long known that sections of Grimes Street are in need of a major overhaul. Major reconstruction has to wait, but in the meantime, the street is undergoing some minor work to at least patch up some of the worst areas on Grimes between First and Hulse streets.
“We’re going to do some initial repairs,” said Larry Wiens, City Commissioner of Streets and Utilities, speaking at this week’s regular city commission meeting.
“It’s not like a reconstruction, but we’re going to go in there – as a matter of fact it’s already started, doing some repairs, getting rid of some ruts and one thing or another in that street,” Wiens said. “It is a heavily traveled street.
“We always have other projects going, filling potholes and doing curbs and stuff like that, so we appreciate everybody’s patience,” he continued. “We’re working as fast as we can trying to get things done. Hopefully we can get a lot of projects underway before winter.”
Wiens continued on to update his public audience on plans for construction on Baer Street, near McPherson College.
“We’re working with the county on that and they’re going to help us out, but with the timing, the way it is, it’s going to be next spring before we get to that,” Wiens explained. “It’s a little unfortunate; we were hoping to get it done this fall, but it’s just not in the cards right now.”
The patchwork currently being done on Grimes street is a temporary fix until drainage issues can be addressed. The minor repairs are expected to take about five more weeks to complete.