Drainage improvements begin at another Flint Hills location on Kansas Turnpike

EMPORIA, Kan. – Construction to improve drainage south of Emporia near mile marker 105 on the Kansas Turnpike begins this week, and should be completed in early November, weather permitting.

The project will increase the capacity of current reinforced concrete box culverts by replacing, lengthening or adding culverts to existing drainage beneath the turnpike. The project contract was awarded last October to Hamm Inc., of Perry, Kan., for $2,829,948.33.

Construction will begin on the southbound side of the turnpike. All traffic will use the northbound lanes between mile markers 105.9 and 107, where there will be a single 12-foot lane of traffic in each direction. The speed limit will be reduced to 65 mph in the construction zone. Following completion of the southbound work, the northbound side will be constructed with traffic being moved to the opposite side.

In 2016, drainage improvements were made at mile markers 116 and 118.3. A drainage project near mile marker 101 also began in 2016, with work completed on the southbound side. Construction on the northbound side of this location will start in August with a projected completion in early November, weather permitting.

Drivers are urged to check for construction updates at http://www.kandrive.org.

Information thanks to the Kansas Turnpike Authority.


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