Road work affects motorists in Linn, Neosho counties

Friday, July 20, 2007

Tribune Staff Report

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Linn County Road 1350 has been temporarily closed until the new U.S. Highway 69 lanes in the area can be paved, a Kansas Department of Transportation statement said.

The road, located south of Trading Post, runs west of U.S. Hwy. 69. The KDOT statement said there is no firm date scheduled for the reopening of the road.

Koss Construction of Topeka is the primary contractor on the U.S. Hwy. 69 expansion projects in Linn County. The highway is being widened to a four-lane freeway from Louisburg south to Fort Scott. That projects cost about $47 million, making it the largest KDOT project in Bourbon County history. It is expected to be completed later this year, KDOT officials said.

KDOT has also started a highway resurfacing project on K-39 and US-59 highways in Neosho County. The 19-mile-long project begins on K-39 around three miles east of Chanute on the section where the concrete pavement ends. The work continues east on K-39 to the west K-39/US-59 junction, progresses east and north on US-59 to the Neosho-Allen county line, and goes east on K-39 from the east K-39/US-59 junction to finish at the Neosho-Bourbon county line.

Milling started this week at the bridge approaches. Conditions permitting, the resurfacing work will begin on Monday, July 23. Workers will apply a one-inch layer of asphalt over the existing highway pavement. KDOT awarded the construction contract of approximately $965,000 to Se-Kan Asphalt Companies of Gas, Kan.

Flaggers and a pilot car will guide one-lane traffic through the work zone during daylight hours. Drivers can expect delays of 15 minutes or less. The resurfacing project should be complete in about three months.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and "Give 'Em a Brake!" when approaching and driving through the work zone.

For more information about these or any other KDOT projects, call KDOT Southeast District Public Affairs Manager Priscilla Petersen at (877) 550-5368.