Weather puts kibosh on 169 rebuild timeline

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March 13, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Kansas Department of Transportation engineer Darrin Petrowsky appeared before county commissioners on a rainy Tuesday morning to tell them what they probably already knew. The unforgiving weather of the past few weeks has delayed completion of the Allen County portion of the construction project on U.S. 169.

In December, Petrowsky told commissioners to expect to see construction crews between Hawaii and Delaware roads wrapping up work sometime in April. But, on Tuesday, he updated his target date: June, he told them. End of June, probably. Possibly early July.

“Just when you think you’re going to make a few steps forward,” said Petrowsky, pointing out the window, “Mother Nature throws another curveball at you. The month of February was pretty much shot all the way [because of snow]…. And, right now, we’ve made a little progress but then again we’re already halfway through March.”

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