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The highway is sparsely traveled compared with other roads in Cherokee County. This week, crews from the transportation department and the Kansas Geological Survey used a machine to send vibrations into the ground to map the rock layers underneath.“We ping the ground,” Miller said. If problems are found, the transportation department can try to strengthen the road with a process called mine grouting.
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TREECE — State transportation officials are awaiting the results of testing along a five-mile stretch of U. 69 in southern Kansas looking for trouble spots that could lead to highway collapses.
The county’s mines produced nearly 2.9 million tons of zinc and 0.7 million tons of lead.
Holes are drilled from the surface into the mine, and grout is pumped into the empty space.