Wayne White/Herald-Chronicle

Weather permitting, 6:30 a.m. Sept. 21 northbound and southbound U.S. Highway 75 will close to all traffic for three days for removal of the existing railroad bridge over the highway located approximately one quarter mile north of the K-31 and K-268 junction. The highway will be closed just north of K-31 and K-268 and just south of the U.S. 75 and U.S. 56 junction. Local access will still be maintained from just north of the project limits up to the junction. The road is scheduled to reopen to all traffic in late evening on Sept. 23.

Advance message boards will alert drivers to the roadway closure. A marked detour will be provided during the closure. Northbound traffic will take K-31 west to Osage City, then north on U.S. Highway 56 to Burlingame and then east on U.S. Highway 56 to Scranton, then back to north U.S. Highway 75. Southbound traffic will follow the reverse of this detour. Drivers must use alternate routes during the closure.

The bridge replacement project includes removal of the existing railroad bridge over U.S. Highway 75, grading work to widen the slopes adjacent to the bridge, addition of paved shoulders, and installation of a new pedestrian bridge. TL Enterprises, Inc. is the primary contractor on this $887,364 bridge project. This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The scheduled completion date for the entire project is late October 2010.

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 the project, contact Kimberly Qualls, Northeast Kansas Public Affairs Manager, at (785) 640-9340, or Steve Baalman, Field Engineering Administrator, at (785) 296-2291.