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K-268 bridge project to detour traffic through Lyndon, Quenemo

Motorists should expect heavier traffic through Lyndon and Quenemo during the next few months as a bridge replacement project will shut down a section of state Highway 268 and detour traffic on state Highway 68.

On Monday, Aug. 5, weather permitting, a replacement project will begin on the K-268 bridge over the former Missouri Pacific Railroad right of way, now the Flint Hills Nature Trail, in Osage County. The bridge is located just east of the state Highway 368 and K-268 intersection, approximately 4.77 miles east of the U.S. Highway 75 and K-268 intersection.

Project work includes the removal of the existing bridge over the right of way, and replacement with a rigid frame box structure for pedestrian use on the Flint Hills Nature Trail. Project work will take place during daylight hours Monday through Friday with some occasional Saturdays.

Beginning Aug. 5, eastbound and westbound K-268 will be closed to all through traffic just east of K-368 to K-68 throughout the project duration. A marked detour will be provided. Traffic will utilize a 14.5-mile detour via U.S. 75 through Lyndon to K-68 and then through Quenemo to K-268. Drivers should expect delays due to the marked detour route and must use alternate routes throughout the project duration.

The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through project work zones.

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 bridge replacement project is November.

This project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010. Find out more about this and other T-WORKS projects at: http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/.

For more information on this bridge project, KDOT Project 268-70 KA-2077-01, contact Kimberly Qualls, KDOT’s northeast Kansas public affairs manager, at 785-640-9340, or Nathan Anstey, construction manager, at 620-342-5402.

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