South Hutchinson’s street department maintains all existing road surfaces and drainage ways. Though many streets are asphalt or concrete in South Hutchinson, there are a large number of gravel roads that are maintained across the city. City crews address many issues with gravel roads including surface smoothing and dust control.
Hard-Surfaced Road Conversion
In the Summer of 2015, the City Council approved developing a three phase plan to convert all the gravel streets in town to hard-surfaced streets. The process was piloted in 2014 on Plum Street from Avenue F to Avenue C and Wilbeck Drive. During the process the existing road surface is mixed mechanically with a concrete slurry solution. The road is then a 8" to 12" subsurface that is essentially concrete. A chip and fog seal application are then added as a wear surface. The result is a hard-surfaced road with a strong concrete base.
Three phases were determined by dividing the community into sections. Traffic analysis was used to determine that the most highly traveled section was in the neighborhoods west of Main Street. That area will constitute the first phase which is set to be completed in 2016. The second phase will be the portion of the community north of Blanchard. The third phase will be the portion of the community south of Blanchard. Phases 2 and 3 will be planned in the 2017 and 2018 respectively provided funding continues to be available.
Infrastructure including roads and utilities can be installed by petition of the landowner. Property must be annexed into the city and the developer must provide a 15% letter of credit to be eligible for the special assessment process. Special assessments will be available as debt capacity allows. Developers can also build infrastructure to city standard and dedicate it back to the city at their own cost.
Grading, Patching, & Resealing Projects
Maintenance on South Hutchinson’s roads is an ongoing process. Each year all the streets in the community are scored on a set criteria to determine priority projects. Large maintenance projects are planned from that priority list. Public Works employees grade gravel streets on a routine basis as weather allows. Patching on asphalt and concrete streets is done on an as-needed basis weather permitting. Resealing and reconstruction projects are scheduled in a manner that allows the streets most in need to be addressed in the least intrusive way possible.
Any road closures due to maintenance will be posted on the city’s website as a news alert.
City Brush Pile
Residents of South Hutchinson are allowed to dump tree limbs at the Public Works shop. During the week, the site is open during normal business hours. It is closed after hours and on weekends except for the second Saturday of each month where it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Only wood and limbs free of metal and as many leaves as possible are allowed in the brush pile. Leaves and grass clippings are not allowed at the city brush pile. Residents with those items are encouraged to use the Reno County Landfill located at: 703 S. Mowhawk Rd., Hutchinson, KS 67501