U.S. 75 roundabout project scheduled for fall; open house Sept. 19 for U.S. 75/K-31 projects – Osage County Online | Osage County News

U.S. 75 roundabout project scheduled for fall; open house Sept. 19 for U.S. 75/K-31 projects

The Kansas Department of Transportation will host a public open house next week for an improvement project for state Highway 31 east of Osage City, and a roundabout project planned at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and K-31 and state Highway 268.

The public is invited to stop by the open house anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Osage City Schools lunchroom, at 420 S. Fourth St., in Osage City.

“We invite anyone interested in either of these projects to come learn about the projects and view displays, including an overview map of both projects,” said Kimberly Qualls, KDOT public affairs manager.

The K-31 improvement project displays will include the proposed future alignment for the project. The U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268 roundabout project displays will include construction phasing and scheduling and potential traffic impacts. KDOT staff will be on hand to answer questions about both projects. There will be no formal presentations.

The K-31 improvement project will reconstruct that portion of the highway from the east city limits of Osage City east to the U.S. 75 junction, including adding shoulders and flattening hills to improve safety and enhance passing opportunities.

The U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268 roundabout project will replace the existing four-way intersection with a single lane roundabout. Also, included with the project is construction for a new park and ride lot near the intersection. Construction for the roundabout project is scheduled to begin in late fall 2013 with a completion date of fall 2014.

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

Handouts and additional information for these projects will be available online after the public open house at http://www.ksdot.org/topekaMetro/projectstudyNEKS.asp. For more information or for special assistance at the open house, call Kimberly Qualls, KDOT public affairs manager, at 785-296-0192, at least one week prior to the meeting.

Photo thanks to Kansas Department of Transportation.

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