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Jeremy Gaston/Herald-Chronicle

Wayne White | Managing Editor

BURLINGAME—Responding to a letter from Burlingame Mayor Ray Hovestadt last week, engineers with the Kansas Turnpike Authority met with city and township officials and citizens concerned about an upcoming bridge decking project that will interfere with traffic between Burlingame and Auburn for a five-month period.

The bridge that has caused concern for Burlingame and Auburn carries Auburn Road traffic over the Kansas Turnpike south of Auburn and will be closed for reconstruction this summer and fall.
According to Kansas Turnpike Authority engineer David Jacobson, reconstruction of the bridge deck, including the driving surface, guard rails and approach surfaces, is tentatively scheduled to start in June.

Hovestadt’s letter to KTA outlines his concerns about the length of the closure, and that the road is used by many students at the Burlingame campus of Allen Community College and commuters from Burlingame that travel to Topeka daily. Hovestadt said side roads in the area are not sufficient to carry detoured traffic, which will place a burden on the township and county to provide maintenance. Hovestadt also wrote the road closure would affect local emergency personnel, who would be frustrated by not being able to travel the fastest route possible to emergency scenes in the area.

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