U.S. 56 widening project in full swing
Spring is already showing signs of increasing construction on U.S. Highway 56. The highway is being widened to three lanes from Ninth Street to Third Street. One of the lanes will be a center turn lane.
Stan Whitley, spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Transportation, said about 30 percent of the work is completed, consisting of storm sewer and water line replacement. Actual construction to the highway will begin this spring, and the final completion date is planned for early fall.
Whitley said engineers do not plan for the highway to be closed during construction. However, the path of the highway has been altered to aid construction. New lines and construction barrels were added for traffic control.
Also, a bridge is being replaced over Tauy Creek less than one-half mile west of the intersection of U.S. 56 with U.S. Highway 59.
Whitley said bridge construction will begin this spring. A detour bridge is currently being built next to the bridge being replaced.
"Traffic won't have to go completely out of the way," Whitley said.
Completion of the bridge is also planned for fall.