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Orange Barrel Alert: Resurfacing Project Starts Monday For Highways 77 & 24

On Monday, August 18, a resurfacing project will begin on a 21.8-mile combined total stretch of U.S. 77 and U.S. 24 in Marshall and Riley Counties. Chip seal work will take place on U.S. 77 from the K-16 junction in Riley County to the Marshall County line and then from the Riley/Marshall County line north to the west K-9 junction in Marshall County. On U.S. 24, chip seal work will take place from the west U.S. 77 junction east to the east U.S. 77 junction in Riley County. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work. The work will be coordinated so that all lanes will be opened to traffic by one-half before sunset.

Beginning on Monday, August 18, northbound and southbound U.S.77 will be reduced to one lane for both directions as crews begin work at the K-16 junction heading north to the west K-9 junction in Marshall county. Once work is completed on U.S. 77, crews will then complete work on U.S. 24. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for both directions along with intermittent closures of adjacent cross roads during the project work hours.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via a pilot car and flagger operation. Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes maximum and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible. There will be a 12-foot lane width restriction and a reduced speed limit on the portions that are directed via the pilot car and flagger operations. No large structures or superloads will be allowed through the project work zone.

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.

Vance Brothers, Inc. (Kansas City, MO) is the primary contractor on this resurfacing project with a total contract cost of $704,611. Project work is scheduled to be completed in early September 2014, weather permitting.

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 resurfacing project, please contact Kimberly Qualls, Northeast Kansas Public Affairs Manager, at (785) 640-9340, or Jerry Haug, Wamego Construction Engineer, at (785) 456-2353. (KDOT Project #106 KA-3404-01, KA-3405-01 and KA-3406-01)

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