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 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
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.