Archive for Tuesday, December 24, 2002

24-40 highway slated for additional work

December 24, 2002

Next year, a Perry company will complete a $4.19 million highway project that includes a new surface for U.S. Highway 24-40 between Tonganoxie and Lawrence.

The 45-miles of roadwork will stretch on Highway 24 from Kansas Avenue in Topeka into Jefferson, Douglas and Leavenworth counties. It will end at the intersection of Kansas Highway 16 and 24-40 in Tonganoxie.

Hamm Inc., Perry, was awarded the bid last week by the Kansas Department of Transportation. A representative at the company said the overlay project has not been scheduled yet. But highway department officials say the work should start next spring or summer.

The nine-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 24-40 between Lawrence and Tonganoxie received a seal during the summer of 2001.

"Those are not expected to last," said Sandy Tommer, district construction engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation. "Those are just a temporary fix for awhile. They usually last about four years, but this one didn't."

An overlay is a much thicker layer of new road surface, Tommer said.

"A seal is where we shoot a layer of liquid asphalt and then put a layer of loose rock on top of that and it bonds to the asphalt," she said.

A seal is between a quarter-inch and three-eighths of an inch thick.

"An overlay will be at least an inch thick, to one and a half inches thick," Tommer said.

Other projects in the Tonganoxie area that KDOT has accepted bids on include:

  • Crack repair on Kansas Highway 16 in Jefferson and Leavenworth counties. The 16-mile project will run from U.S. Highway 59 south of Oskaloosa, then east to U.S. Highway 24-40 in Tonganoxie. KDOT awarded the project to Musselman and Hall Contractors of Kansas City, Mo., for $44,258.
  • Seal on 10.1 miles of U.S. Highway 24-40 from Second Street in Tonganoxie to the Leavenworth-Wyandotte county line. KDOT awarded the project to Vance Brothers of Kansas City, Mo., for $270,122.

Other road projects on tap in Leavenworth County include:

  • An 8.6-mile pavement patching project from 16th Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Leavenworth to Leavenworth County Road 14, which was awarded to Diamond Surfaces Inc., Maple Grove, Minn., for $757,218.
  • Intersection improvement on Kansas Highway 7, from Connie Street to Eisenhower Road, in Leavenworth has been awarded to Linaweaver Construction in Lansing. The project will cost $941,828.

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