U.S. 75, K-31-K-268 roundabout project to resume after winter break

LYNDON – On Monday, March 24, work will resume after the winter shutdown period for the roundabout project at the U.S. Highway 75 and state highways 31 and 268 intersection in Osage County, with the project expected to be completed in early fall. The intersection, known locally as Two-Mile Corner, is two miles north of Lyndon.

Phase One construction work began on the project in fall 2013 and was suspended in late 2013 for winter shutdown. Work will continue on construction of the shoofly detour and the new “park and ride” parking lot. Upon completion of this work, crews will pave the shoofly detour. Then traffic will be shifted onto the shoofly so construction work can begin on the new roundabout. The traffic shift onto the shoofly is tentatively scheduled for some time in late April or early May. The Kansas Department of Transportation will give advance notification for the traffic switch onto the shoofly. Work will take place Monday through Saturday from daylight to dusk.

Drivers should expect minimal delays during the initial start-up as work will take place off the highway on the right of way. There may be some impacts as trucks enter and exit the project area.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage and cones. Note there will be a 12-foot lane width restriction in each direction through the project work zone once traffic is switched onto the shoofly detour. There will continue to be a 55 mph posted speed limit through the project work zone throughout the project duration.

View an aerial map of the construction project including phasing, schedule and traffic impacts online at:  http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/ProjDocuments/US-75RoundaboutPublicOpenHouseHandout.pdf.

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.

Smoky Hill LLC, of Salina, is the primary contractor on this roundabout project with a total contract cost of $2.541 million. The scheduled completion date for this project is early fall 2014, weather permitting. The roundabout project is KDOT Project No. 75-70 KA 0047-01.

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View of the roundabout under construction at the intersection of U.S. 75, K-31 and K-268 two miles north of Lyndon. Note that north is right in this KDOT diagram.


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