125th Street reopened after early morning sinkhole diverts traffic

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – A hole in the road closed 125th Street in Osage County between Auburn Road and Burlingame Road Tuesday morning, Sept. 3, 2019. Osage County Emergency Management and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported this morning on social media the road closure was due to a sinkhole that formed overnight and the county highway department was working on it.

This afternoon, Glen Tyson, of Osage County Road and Bridge Department, said the road was reopened about noon today after a highway crew repaired a hole in the pavement.

Tyson said it was determined that heavy rains on Friday had undermined dirt alongside a culvert, which allowed the pavement to give way and form the hole in the road surface.

“The rains washed it away Friday, but it lasted until about 5 o’clock this morning,” Tyson said.

Tyson said the hole was backfilled with dirt and topped over with road rock for now. The culvert will be replaced soon and the pavement will be patched at that time, he said.

The county road route is used regularly by travelers and commuters between Burlingame and Auburn.

Tyson said there are other roads in the county that have been impacted by the recent heavy rains. One closure is township road 133rd Street between Valencia and Docking, also due to a culvert washout. Several minimum maintenance roads in the county have also been affected by culvert washouts, he said.

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