169 work enters second phase

Local News

December 4, 2018 - 12:04 PM

Joe Erie of Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., uses a machine to clear out a concrete joint along U.S. 169 between Iola and Humboldt Monday. Crews are about to begin work on the second phase, near Humboldt, opening northbound traffic along the highway from Humboldt to Iola late this week. REGISTER/RICHARD LUKEN

(Update: KDOT will allow traffic to move in both directions between Minnesota and Hawaii Roads on Friday 12/7/18, weather permitting.)

Weather permitting, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin the second phase of the U.S. 169 pavement reconstruction project in Allen County on Friday.

Sometime late Friday, the highway will be closed from Hawaii Road (the Humboldt exit) south to Delaware (Tank Farm) Road.

Pavement removal operations will begin immediately on the affected stretch of road.

Meanwhile, KDOT will reopen U.S. 169 to unrestricted northbound traffic only from Hawaii Road to Minnesota Road south of Iola. Motorists going south from Iola will not be allowed from Minnesota to Hawaii roads, however, KDOT spokeswoman Priscilla Peterson told the Register.

The road work is part of the seven-mile U.S. 169 pavement reconstruction from Minnesota to Delaware roads, which started this spring.

The project consists of re-establishing a new subgrade base and replacing the concrete pavement on the highway and interchange ramps.

The state?s official detour remains in effect, diverting motorists from 169 at U.S. 54 in Iola, west to U.S. 75 in Yates Center, and south to K-39 and back east to U.S. 169 at Chanute.

The new phase may relieve northbound congestion, at least a tad, on old 169, or 1100 Street, which has served as an unofficial detour for local motorists since the project began.

The U.S. 169 project is expected to be complete and ready for traffic by next spring, weather permitting, according to a KDOT news release.

Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., Columbia, Mo., is the general contractor in charge of the $16 million project.


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