Archive for Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Highway project nearly complete

Asphalt work to begin next week

August 27, 2003

Work on U.S. Highway 24-40 between Tonganoxie and the Leavenworth-Wyandotte county line should be completed soon.

And another project on 24-40 south and west of town should gear up soon.

Vance Brothers of Kansas City is handling a $270,122 chip and seal project that stretches from Second Street in Tonganoxie to the county line.

"We should be done and have it open to traffic fully again by either Friday or early next week," said Ron Kaufman of the Kansas Department of Transportation.

A more extensive road project, which includes a new layer of asphalt on 24-40 from Kansas Highway 32 to Tonganoxie, will begin in earnest next week, after the Labor Day holiday, according to Tony Marienau, asphalt engineer with Hamm Inc. of Perry.

"There will probably be a little bit going on there this week," Marienau said Tuesday. "We'll be milling out joints."

And then asphalt work on the nine-mile stretch will start next week.

"It will probably take about five days, and then we'll have to put a little rock on the edge and then come back in and stripe it," Marienau said. "To get everything done out there, we're looking at the end of next month, the beginning of October."

But Marienau said his is a fluid business -- and timetables are difficult to pinpoint. So, he added, the project could be completed earlier.

"It just depends on how things work out," he said.

Hamm also laid the new asphalt on Kansas Highway 32 between 24-40 and Bonner Springs. That work is all-but complete.

During work on 24-40 between Tonganoxie and K-32, at least one lane of traffic will be open, and a pilot car will lead motorists through the construction areas.

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