Claflin Rd. to close for work

By Burk Krohe

Manhattan drivers should be prepared for more construction. Claflin Road will be closed to through traffic from Hillcrest Road to Wharton Manor Road starting June 4. It is expected to be closed until July 2.

The closure is due to the Tecumseh-Quivera storm sewer project, which will relocate utilities and install storm sewer structures. The city, Bartlett & West Engineers and SMH Consultants worked on the project. The consulting engineers previously performed studies of the area that identified how drainage could be enhanced.

It showed that the problem was the speed at which stormwater moved through the area combined with a lack of underground storm sewer to handle it. Stormwater moves quickly over paved areas until it reaches the intersection of Claflin and Hartford roads.

The existing stormwater system then becomes overwhelmed and subsequently floods Claflin. City staff designed an enclosed storm sewer system to be built along Hartford Road and along Todd Road, which will adequately handle the stormwater. Other improvements are planned as well.

The study showed increased detention would reduce flooding, especially near the Tecumseh Road and Quivera Road intersection, by increasing stormwater’s time of travel. The closure only concerns the new enclosed storm sewer system, but there are plans to enhance detention later this year in three areas: The Kansas State University athletic facility, Chase Manhattan Apartments and the Riley County Health Department.

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