Roe Lane in Roeland Park could be open again mid to late next week after crews finish work on replacing the storm water drain under the street.
The problem is just off Roe Avenue in Roeland Park between Walgreens and QuickTrip. Last year two sink holes appeared in the city and were traced to old metal storm drains that were rusted out and had allowed storm water to wash away soil around the pipes. One was found on Roe Lane and another on Elledge.
The city council scheduled the repairs as an emergency because it found the pipe under the street on Roe Lane was compromised and there was a fear that it could collapse during a heavy rain. Public works crews have been monitoring the areas where the sink holes developed until repairs could be done.
The street has been closed for several days while the pipe under Roe Lane was dug up and replaced with a different type of storm water drain. Crews have not been working for a couple of days because of the cold weather, but were expected to pour concrete today at the Roe Lane site.
The replacement of the pipe on Elledge is complete, according to Roeland Park Public Works Director Dave Mootz. Some finishing work still remains. Mootz said Thursday that the Elledge Drive project is 85 percent complete and Roe Lane is 50 percent complete. Crews are waiting for a storm manhole cone to access a junction box near Roe Lane.
Because of these incidents, Mootz said, he has acted to get video of all of the remaining corrugated metal pipe in the city: “So we do not have any other sink holes pop up on us.”