A project to install a new pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 75
north of Lyndon was scheduled to begin Tuesday, according to the
Kansas Department of Transportation.
The project is located approximately .28 miles north of the junction
of U.S. 75 and state highways 31 and 268. It includes the removal
of the 80-year-old railroad bridge over U.S. 75, grading to widen
the slopes adjacent to the bridge, addition of paved shoulders,
and installation of a pedestrian bridge.
Sometime during the project, U.S. 75 will be closed for approximately
three days to remove the existing railroad bridge and another three
days to install the new bridge. Advance notice will be given when
the closures are scheduled.
A marked detour will be provided during the closures. Northbound
traffic will take K-31 west to Osage City, then north on U.S. Highway
56 to Burlingame, then east on U.S. 56 to U.S. 75. Southbound traffic
will follow the reverse of this detour.
There will also be some flagging possible when crews complete paving
work on the shoulders, although no work is to be done on the pavement
of U.S. 75. Drivers should expect some delays and are encouraged
to use alternate routes, if possible.
TL Enterprises, Inc., is the primary contractor on the $887,364
bridge project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act of 2009. The scheduled completion date for the project is late
The pedestrian bridge will allow the Flint Hills Nature Trail to
cross the highway. The trail, which follows the old Missouri Pacific
rail line, has portions completed near Vassar, although the portion
of the trail west of U.S. 75 to Osage City is undeveloped.