Kimball Avenue will be no stranger to construction once again this summer.

The Manhattan City Commission authorized city administrators this week to advance purchase up to $200,000 in waterline materials for an upcoming roundabout replacement at Kimball Avenue and Grand Mere Parkway. Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr spoke about the upcoming project on KMAN’s In Focus Tuesday.

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Delivery times have quadrupled for some of the materials needed, due to supply chain disruptions. Fehr says the current schedule is to close Kimball Avenue from Vanesta Drive to Berkshire Circle for about 8 to 12 weeks, likely beginning in May.

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Fehr says that roundabout was the first one constructed in the state of Kansas, but has become much too small to adequately handle the traffic it currently carries.