Drainage improvements in Flint Hills set to begin

EMPORIA, Kan. – Construction to improve drainage south of Emporia at mile marker 116 and 118 on Interstate 35 and the Kansas Turnpike is set to begin the week of March 14, 2016, and will be completed in late November, weather permitting.

The project will increase the capacity of current reinforced concrete box culverts beneath the turnpike to improve drainage near the roadway.

Construction will begin on the southbound side of the turnpike. All traffic will use the northbound lanes, between mile markers 116 and 118.3, where there will be a single 11.5-foot lane of traffic in each direction. Following completion of southbound work, the northbound side will be constructed with traffic being moved to the opposite side.

The project includes replacing, lengthening or adding culverts to existing drainage. The current single cell 7 feet by 7 feet structure at mile marker 116 will be replaced with a double cell structure 14 feet by 12 feet. At mile marker 118, the existing single cell 8 feet by 8 feet structure will be lengthened 20 feet to the north and 17 feet 6 inches to the south. In addition, a single cell 12 feet by 8 feet structure will be constructed on each side of the existing lengthened structure.

Hamm Inc. of Perry, Kan. is the general contractor for this project.

Information thanks to Kansas Turnpike Authority.

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