Archive for Monday, September 17, 2007

U.S. 59 repaving work to resume on Tuesday

September 17, 2007

The resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 59 will start back up Tuesday. The Kansas Department of Transportation had suspended the project Sept. 11 after two workers were killed.

The resurfacing is being done on U.S. 59 between U.S. Highway 56 and K-10 in Douglas County. The work will be done Mondays through Saturdays until completion. Cost of the project is $1.3 million.

KDOT Spokesman Kimberly Qualls said motorists can expect lengthy delays of up to 25 minutes. Only a single lane will be open for traffic. Motorists are also encouraged to take alternative routes.

On Sept. 11, Tyrone T. Korte, 30, of Seneca, a KDOT employee, and Rolland "Ron" Griffin, 24, of El Dorado, a contract worker, were struck and killed by a pickup while they were in the repaving work zone.

Two women from Chewelah, Wash., Romona I. Morgan, 48, and her daughter, Sabrina J. Morgan, 26, were arrested in Osage County following a high-speed chase after the accident. Romona Morgan is believed to be the driver of the truck that hit the men.

The Morgans have been charged in Osage County for the chase that ended when stop sticks were deployed near Scranton. Their next court appearance is set for Thursday.

Douglas County Attorney Charles Branson is still investigating the case in Douglas County.

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