After being closed to traffic for almost nine months, 190th Road, the primary connection between Marion and Hillsboro, reopened Thursday, May 25, to motorists.
The road was closed Sept. 1 after the Marion County Board of Commissioners deemed the road unsafe due to erosion of the road bed by the South Cottonwwod River.
The area affected was below the guardrails about three-quarters of a mile from the South Cottonwood bridge between Pawnee and Old Mill roads.
Former commissioner Dan Holub said in late August that the washout below the guardrails was about 8 to 10 feet.
The biggest concern, he said, was the eastbound lane falling off the side into the river and taking a car with it.
Dondlinger and Sons Construction Co. Inc. of Wichita was the lowest bidder at $124,975, and began repairing the washed-out area in early May.
Repairs included taking out the old concrete and other materials originally used and replacing it with riprap.
The work was scheduled for completion July 1, but construction was finished more than a month earlier than expected.