Kansas Department of Transportation crews in Saline County were busy over the Fourth of July holiday weekend and following workdays due to extremely heavy rains around Gypsum.
On July 4, the Gypsum area reported having eight to 10 inches of rain in a very short amount of time. Crews were called out to work all day as highways had to be temporarily closed due to high waters and safety. As the high waters receded, it was evident that large pieces of the road surface and the shoulders of Kansas Highway 4 (K-4) around Gypsum had been washed out.
On July 5, Area One Superintendent Brad Anderson quickly put together a crew of available workers from KDOT offices in Clay Center, Junction City, and Abilene to work on K-4 south of Gypsum and crew members from the Lindsborg office worked on K-4 west of Gypsum. Crews worked all day to make the necessary repairs to get the road opened again that day.
Crew members resumed work the week of July 8 to make more repairs that were needed. An asphalt overlay was placed on K-4 south of Gypsum and the roadway received new paint stripes.