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Bridge Work Done

TRAFFIC LIGHTS CAME DOWN THIS WEEK ON THE U.S. 36 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT LOCATED EAST OF NORTON. THE JOB TO REPLACE THE BRIDGE LOCATED JUST EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF U.S. 36/K-67 (THE ROADWAY INTO THE NORTON CORRECTIONAL FACILITY) BEGAN ON MARCH 12. WORK ON THE BRIDGE IS COMPLETE, AFTER WORKERS REPLACED ONE-HALF OF THE STRUCTURE AT A TIME. ALTHOUGH THE BRIDGE WORK HAS CEASED, OFF THE ROADWAY WORK STILL CONTINUES. CONTRACTORS ARE WORKING TO WIDEN THE SHOULDERS AND FLATTEN THE SIDE SLOPES ALONG THAT PORTION OF THE CORRIDOR. CREWS HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED WORK TO EXTEND THE DRAINAGE STRUCTURES ALONG U.S. 36 FROM THE EAST CITY LIMITS OF NORTON TO THE U.S. 36/K-383 JUNCTION. THE TIMELINE TO REPAVE THE 4.5 MILES OF ROADWAY THIS FALL HAS CHANGED. DUE TO A SHORTAGE OF AVAILABLE AGGREGATES, THE PAVING SCHEDULE HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK TO NEXT YEAR’S CONSTRUCTION SEASON. THE PHASE OF THAT ROAD WORK INCLUDES 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 WORK ZONE DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS. DELAYS OF 15 MINUTES OR LESS WILL BE EXPECTED THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION TIMEFRAME. THE PUBLIC SHOULD PLAN THEIR TRAVELS ACCORDINGLY.  KDOT AWARDED THE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT – TOTALING $4,945,124 – TO VENTURE CORPORATION, OF GREAT BEND. THIS HIGHWAY PROJECT IS FUNDED BY T-WORKS, THE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM PASSED BY THE KANSAS LEGISLATURE IN MAY OF 2010; AND DESIGNED TO CREATE JOBS, PRESERVE HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE, AND SPUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS THE STATE.