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Bluemont Ave., U.S. 24 work to begin Monday

By The Mercury

Two road projects slated to begin Monday may affect Manhattan drivers. Crews will start work Monday on a two-block portion of Bluemont Avenue from Manhattan Avenue to 11th Street.

Improvements include grading and surfacing, stormsewer and traffic-signal installation and the addition of a raised median in the center of Bluemont Avenue. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work, according to information from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The Bluemont Avenue improvement project will be constructed in phases to allow for traffic flow through the area. There will be lane restrictions or lane closures on Bluemont throughout the summer. Business entrances on the south side of Bluemont will be affected by this project. These south side entrances will be closed or phased for construction onehalf at a time to allow for traffic flow to these businesses.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage and cones. Drivers should expect delays during peak commute times and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible.

Also beginning Monday is a resurfacing project on a 22.5-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 24 in Riley and Pottawatomie counties.

According to KDOT, resurfacing work will take place on the following portions of U.S. 24: from the east U.S. 77 junction east to the K-13 junction (Riley County); from the east Riley County line to Excel Road (Pottawatomie County); and the eastbound lanes only from Excel Road to Wamego (Pottawatomie County).

Project work includes a 1.5-inch surface mill and 1.5-inch asphalt overlay on mainline lanes. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work. The work will be coordinated so that all lanes will be opened to traffic by one-half before sunset.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone on the two-lane portions via a pilot car and flagger operation and on the four-lane portions via lane closures. Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes maximum and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible. There will be a 12-foot lane width restriction and a reduced speed limit on the portions that are directed via the pilot car and flagger operations. No large structures or superloads will be allowed through the project work zone.

Shilling Construction of Manhattan is the primary contractor on this resurfacing project with a total contract cost of $3.1 million. Overall project work is scheduled to be completed in mid-October, weather permitting.









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