Intersection to close in two weeks
For numerous drivers each day, road construction will mean finding an alternate route.
The intersection of County Road 25 and Evans Road, slated for renovation, will be closed to traffic starting May 28.
Dave Mahoney, Leavenworth County engineer, said the intersection will remain closed for three to four months.
During this time, traffic will be routed through marked detours on 198th Street and Honeycreek Road on the east side of the intersection, and on 214th Street on the west.
Mahoney said the start of construction could be stalled because utilities, including a buried fiber-optic cable, electricity and telephone, must be relocated.
"When it keeps raining, it's slowing everybody down," Mahoney said.
The work, by King Construction, Oskaloosa, will cost about $400,000. Because the accidents at the intersection qualified the work for a federal safety grant, 90 percent of the cost will be paid by the federal government. The county is paying the rest.
The most recent traffic counts, taken in 1998, showed about 930 vehicles a day on County Road 25 and 1,280 a day on Evans Road.
Mahoney said that with the increase in population, the traffic count is probably higher now.