K-31 and K-131 overlay projects to begin Aug. 4 near Melvern and Lebo – Osage County Online | Osage County News

K-31 and K-131 overlay projects to begin Aug. 4 near Melvern and Lebo

Projects’ expected completion in October

Two highway improvement projects in Osage and Coffey counties are scheduled to begin Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, weather permitting, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced.

State Highway 31 will be restricted to one lane in Osage County for a mill and overlay project. The work will cover approximately 7.5 miles, from just west of the K-31 and U.S. Highway 75 junction to Main Street in Melvern, then south to Interstate 35. Traffic will be directed by a pilot car, flaggers, signs and cones.

State Highway 131 in Coffey County will also be restricted to one lane for an overlay project. Work will begin at the northern city limit of Lebo and extend north 1/2 mile to the K-131/I-35 junction. A pilot car, flaggers, signs and cones will direct traffic through the work zone.

Both projects will have a 10-foot lane width restriction through the work zones. Drivers on either route should plan for delays of up to 15 minutes. Work will take place Monday through Saturday, during daylight hours. Both projects are expected to be complete by late October.

Killough Construction Inc., of Ottawa, Kan., is the contractor on the combined $797,000 projects.

Jordan Road Bridge closed for repair

KDOT also announced another area project that will be ongoing until October. A bridge repair project will begin Aug. 4 on the Jordan Road Bridge over I-35. The bridge is one mile east of the Coffey-Osage county line. Activity includes patching and resurfacing on the bridge deck. The bridge will be closed to traffic during the project, which should be completed by late October. KDOT awarded the construction contract of $187,095 to Bettis Asphalt & Construction, Topeka.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. For more information about road construction projects across Kansas, see www.kandrive.org or call 511.

Information thanks to KDOT Northeast District Office.

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