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Commuters: U.S. 75 resurfacing project to resume Thursday

A U.S. Highway 75 resurfacing project that was suspended during the winter will restart Thursday morning. The Kansas Department of Transportation is advising drivers to expect delays and round the clock lane closures.

Beginning after morning rush hour on Thursday, March 13, northbound U.S. 75 from the U.S. Highway 56 junction in Osage County to Topeka Boulevard in Shawnee County will be reduced to one open lane throughout the project duration. Project work includes the replacement of all bridge approach pavement on seven bridges and a 1.5-inch asphalt overlay on both northbound lanes. There will also be intermittent ramp closures once the asphalt overlay work begins.

Then beginning early morning of Thursday, March 20, the southbound U.S. 75 right lane from U.S. 56 to Topeka Boulevard will be closed for milling of 1-inch of existing pavement for both southbound lanes, followed by a new 2-inch asphalt overlay.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage, cones and concrete barrier across all the bridges. There will be a posted speed limit of 60 mph and a 12-foot lane width restriction, 24/7 round the clock, through the project work zone throughout the project duration.

Drivers should expect delays throughout the project duration. 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.

Bettis Asphalt, of Topeka, is the primary contractor on this resurfacing project with a total contract cost of $6.624 million. This project is resuming work after winter shutdown for the 2013 construction season. The scheduled completion date for the resurfacing project is mid-July 2014, weather permitting.

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