Trees need to be cut out, ditches dug out, and drainage improved if a township road in South Homestead Township is to stay passable during bad weather, the Barton County Commission was told this week.
And it appears that work is going to be accomplished on NW 10 Avenue, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told the commission.
He reported on discussions he’s had with township officials and explained that trees that have grown up in the ditches will be cut out and a backhoe will be used to dig out soil that has compacted in the ditches, affecting drainage and causing wash-out problems with the road in places.
The issue came before the commission because Kansas regulations provide for a county to do work to make a township road passable and then charge the township for that work, however, Phillips said it appears this work is being accomplished.
There is still some study being done to determine if a culvert needs to be installed and there continues to be concerns by residents of the area concerning the drainage problems, the commissioners were told.
Commissioners plan to travel to the work area during a meeting soon, it was noted.