New highway: A testing ground for water, fabric

Local News

July 26, 2018 - 2:19 PM

A solar panel and data logger is installed at a U.S.169 testing site to monitor the ongoing effectiveness of the geotextile fabric. KDOT PHOTO

As crews rebuild U.S. 169 south of Iola, a pair of testing grounds will determine if added protections can help the new highway withstand water damage.

According to Priscilla Peterson, spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Transportation, water penetration is a key factor in how quickly highways deteriorate.

With that in mind, KDOT has authorized a pair of 1,000-foot-long test sections of wicking geotextile fabric.

July 20, 2022
June 28, 2022
May 19, 2022
May 17, 2019