By Everett Brazil, III
The Newkirk Herald Journal
NEWKIRK — Traffic along Seventh Street-River Road was temporarily stalled Wednesday, July 14 as Kay County workers applied a new surface to the blacktop to help aid in protecting the roadway.
The project was funded through the Kaw Nation.
The project began on Seventh and Pine streets, and extends east across the Arkansas River to 106 Lane.
The work consists of a double-chip seal of the road, which involves adhering gravel to the roadway. Construction vehicles were seen brushing excess gravel off the road Thursday morning.
The project follows a resurfacing project by Evans & Associates, which filled in potholes along the road. That project involved digging the potholes down 2 ft. and redoing the base, according to County Commissioner Jason Shanks.
“Evans & Associates did a full depth patch repair, and the chip seal will prolong the life of the road,” he said.