Construction crews level dirt at a bridge replacement project
on U.S. Highway 56 at Four Corners, preparing the road for a projected
reopening on Friday evening. The route has been closed since March
U.S. 56 to reopen
SCRANTON—A portion of U.S. Highway 56 that has been closed
for three months is set to reopen Friday evening, weather permitting.
The highway has been closed since 9 a.m. March 15 for the replacement
of a box culvert located under the U.S. 56 roadway at Hundred
Ten Mile Creek, located one half mile west of the U.S. Highway
According to a press release from Kansas Department of Transportation,
sometime during the evening hours of June 10, the bridge replacement
project will be completed and reopened to all traffic. Finishing
work, including seeding, will be completed after the road is reopened.
During the closure, a marked detour was provided with traffic
utilizing U.S. 56 through Burlingame to Osage City and then back
to U.S. 75 via K-31.
Bryan-Ohlmeier Construction Company is the primary contractor
on this $214,227 bridge replacement project.
The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to
be alert, obey the warning signs and “Give ‘Em a Brake!”
when approaching and driving through the project work zone.
For more information on KDOT projects, contact Kimberly Qualls,
Northeast Kansas Public Affairs Manager, at (785) 640-9340; Earl
Bosak, Osage City Area Engineer, at (785) 528-3128; or Steve Baalman,
Field Engineering Administrator, at (785) 296-2291.
K-31 reconstruction a top project
Jeremy Gaston | Editor
Highway projects announced last week ensured that road cones will
be commonplace throughout the county for months and years to come.
Topping the list of area projects is a $14 million plan to reconstruct
seven miles of Kansas Highway 31 between Osage City and U.S. Highway
75. The modernization project would remove hills and add shoulders
to the seven-mile stretch of highway.
“Local input was a significant factor in the selection process
of these projects, along with engineering considerations and economic
impacts,” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Deb Miller.
Construction on the project is scheduled to start no sooner than
2014, with further information released as the project nears.
“These were just announced, and we don’t have specifics
yet,” said Kimberly Qualls, Kansas Department of Transportation
(KDOT) public affairs manager for northeast Kansas.
Qualls noted the importance of the project being selected.
“It says a lot for it to rise to the top through the consultation
and regional process to be selected,” Qualls said, noting
planning and funding would have to be approved before the project
would be let to bidders.
The project was announced at a press conference June 3 at Kansas
Speedway, where Kansas Governor Sam Brownback introduced $8.8
billion in projects, including improvements to U.S. 24 in Shawnee
County, interchange improvements in Lenexa, and the completion
of the South Lawrence Trafficway, connecting U.S. 59 to K-10.
“These projects will create thousands of jobs and benefit
local communities during construction,” said Gov. Brownback.
“But more importantly for the overall success of our state,
these projects will provide the infrastructure needed to create
or take advantage of economic opportunities that will have a lasting
impact on the Kansas economy.”
KDOT also announced last week a resurfacing project for U.S. Highway
68 between U.S. 75 and the K-268 interchange, which was set to
begin June 2 and be completed on June 10. The resurfacing project
will smooth the road and fill cracks that can shorten pavement
life. The road will be coated with a thin layer of specially-modified
asphalt. New pavement markings will be applied to the entire
According to the press release, crews will work daily, Monday
through Friday with an occasional Saturday during daylight hours.
Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via flaggers
and signage and drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.
When drivers enter the project work zone on K-68 from adjacent
roadways, they must not enter onto either highway until they are
directed by the flaggers. There will be a 10-foot lane width
restriction throughout the project during daylight work hours.
Blevins Asphalt Construction Company Inc., of Mt. Vernon, Mo.,
is the primary contractor on the $227,698 resurfacing project.