Unofficial detour may draw aid



March 27, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Allen County commissioners were told Tuesday they may find recompense if old U.S. 169 between Iola and the back way into Chanute were damaged as an unofficial detour.

Within a matter of weeks U.S. 169 from Minnesota Road southeast of Iola to south of Delaware Road — better-known as Tank Farm Road — southeast of Humboldt will be closed well into 2019 for a complete rebuild.

Wayne Jackson, KDOT official, reiterated the official detour will be U.S. 54 to U.S. 75 to K-39, a roundabout and lengthy way from Iola to Chanute. Most local motorists, and others who learn during the project that will carry on for as long as 330 working days — with weather days likely a year and a half — will opt for the shorter Iola-Humboldt-Chanute route.

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