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Highway Update

TRAFFIC MOVED TO THE WESTBOUND/NORTH LANES OF U.S. 36 TUESDAY ON THE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT LOCATED JUST EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF U.S. 36/K-67 (ROADWAY INTO THE NORTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY). CONSTRUCTION, WHICH BEGAN FEBRUARY 27, IS PROGRESSING AS CREWS CONTINUE TO REPLACE THIS BOX AND EXTEND OTHER DRAINAGE STRUCTURES ALONG THIS ROUTE. THE BOX REPLACEMENTS AND EXTENSIONS ARE PART OF A 4.5 MILE PROJECT WHICH BEGINS AT THE EAST CITY LIMITS OF NORTON, AND CONTINUES EAST TO THE US-36/K-383 JUNCTION. MOST OF THE CONSTRUCTION IS CURRENTLY TAKING PLACE OFF THE ROADWAY AND DOES NOT IMPACT TRAFFIC; BUT THE STRUCTURE LOCATED NEAR THE PRISON UTILIZES A TRAFFIC LIGHT AND HALTS TRAFFIC FOR A BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME. ADDITIONAL EARTHWORK WILL SOON BE UNDERWAY TO PREPARE FOR THE MAINLINE RECONSTRUCTION AND PROVIDE FLATTER SHOULDERS ALONG THE PROJECT. BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER, THE 4.5 MILES OF ROADWAY WILL BE RECONSTRUCTED ON EXISTING ALIGNMENT – UTILIZING A COLD RECYCLE OPERATION, FOLLOWED BY A FIVE-INCH OVERLAY OF NEW ASPHALT MATERIAL. FLAGGERS AND A PILOT CAR OPERATION WILL GUIDE ONE-LANE TRAFFIC THROUGH THE EARLY AUTUMN WORK ZONE DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS. DELAYS OF 15 MINUTES OR LESS WILL BE EXPECTED THROUGHOUT THE CONSTRUCTION TIME FRAME. PLEASE USE CAUTION, PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORK ZONE SIGNS, AND RESPECT WORKERS WHEN DRIVING THROUGH ANY ROAD CONSTRUCTION ZONE. SLOW DOWN AND “GIVE ‘EM A BRAKE”. KDOT AWARDED THE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT TO VENTURE CORPORATION, OF GREAT BEND. THE PAVEMENT RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT IS FUNDED BY T-WORKS, THE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM PASSED BY THE KANSAS LEGISLATURE IN MAY OF 2010. WEATHER PERMITTING THE CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL BE COMPLETED BY JANUARY, 2013.