U.S. 75 resurfacing project begins in Osage, Shawnee counties

One resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 75 in northern Osage County started last week, another in southern Osage County has been delayed two weeks, and state Highway 268 was closed to through traffic east of Vassar Monday for a bridge replacement project.

The resurfacing project began Thursday on a 9.5-mile stretch of the four-lane portion of U.S. 75 beginning 1.5 miles south of the U.S. 56 intersection in Osage County and ending south of the Topeka Boulevard intersection in Shawnee County. 

Project work includes milling away of 5 inches of existing pavement followed by the application of a hot mix asphalt 3-inch overlay on all mainline lanes and all new pavement markings. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.

Northbound and southbound lanes on U.S. 75 are to be reduced to one lane the entire project length, one direction at a time, throughout the project duration. Project work will start at the south end in Osage County and move north to Shawnee County. Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via concrete barriers on bridges, channelizers and signage. There will be a posted speed limit of 60 mph and a 12-foot lane width restriction through the project work zone.

A project previously announced by Kansas Department of Transportation, which was to begin Monday, has now been scheduled to begin Monday, August 19. See related story here.

KDOT announced that due to weather and schedule delays, the start date had been moved for a project that will overlay an 8-mile stretch of the two-lane portion of U.S. 75 from the Marais des Cygnes River Bridge to the south Osage County line. Project work includes milling away of 3.5-inches of existing pavement followed by the application of a hot mix asphalt 3.5-inch overlay on all mainline lanes and all new pavement markings.

KDOT also announced Monday that a bridge replacement project had begun on the K-268 bridge over the former Missouri Pacific Railroad right of way in Osage County. Traffic control, including the marked detour signage, for the project was finished Monday afternoon and eastbound and westbound K-268 was closed to all through traffic just east of K-368 to K-68. The K-268 bridge is located just east of the K-368 and K-268 intersection, approximately 4.77 miles east of the U.S. 75 intersection. See related story here.

Bettis Asphalt, Topeka, is the primary contractor on the U.S. 75 resurfacing projects with a total contract cost for the northern portion at $6.624 million, and for the southern portion, $3.289 million. Ebert Construction Co., Wamego, is the primary contractor on the bridge replacement project with a total contract cost of $855,529.  The scheduled completion date for the northern project is spring of 2014; the southern U.S. 75 project and the K-268 bridge project are to be completed by November 2013.

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 these projects, contact Kimberly Qualls, northeast Kansas public affairs manager, at (785) 640-9340.

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