Driver damages fresh asphalt on 63rd Street in Mission Hills, will require repaving

A driver damaged fresh asphalt on 63rd Street in Mission Hills.
A driver damaged fresh asphalt on 63rd Street in Mission Hills.

A driver for a landscape service company ignored barricades last week and drove onto a freshly-paved section of 63rd Street in Mission Hills, causing an estimated $80,000 in damage.

The driver drove around the 63rd Street barricade at State Line Road last Wednesday and drove as far as Belinder Avenue on the fresh asphalt, according to an email sent to Mission Hills residents by Meghan Woolbright, assistant to the city manager.

Woolbright said when the city’s contractor on the paving project asked the driver to get off 63rd Street, the driver drove in reverse back to State Line Road to “avoid his license plate from being recorded.”

“The driver then exited the city by driving through a resident’s circle drive,” she wrote. “The asphalt roller immediately tried to repair the damage, but there are numerous locations that it could not be repaired.”

Woolbright said the entire north lane of 63rd Street from State Line Road to Belinder will need to be milled and repaved. The milling work is scheduled for Oct. 6th or 7th, and the paving is set for Oct. 10.

As for the driver, Woolbright said his landscaping company was contacted and the firm required him to return to the city and report to police. The person will be charged for their actions and the company is liable for the damage, she said.

Woolbright asked residents to report anyone driving around the barricades to call police at 913-642-5151.

“Not only is damaged asphalt expensive to replace,” she wrote, “but the replacement process extends the project and inconvenience to residents by at least two additional days.”

Mission Hills expects 63rd Street to be reopened to through traffic Nov. 1. It has been closed much of the year for bridge and sewer work.

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