K-18 work to resume after spring break

By Corene Brisendine

Even though snow is still falling, road workers are gearing up to resume work on Kansas Highway 18 next week after a winter break from construction.

Kansas Department of Transportation officials said westbound K-18 from 56th Avenue to K-133/Seth Child Road will be down to one lane for the first week of April.

Beginning April 8, both east and westbound lanes will be reduced to one lane and moved to the west side of the highway so crews can finish construction of the eastbound lanes. That traffic arrangement will remain in place until late fall. KDOT officials said they anticipate K-18 will be fully accessible by November. As with most construction work, they said, the weather will play a significant role in when each portion of the project will be completed.

This is the last phase of the three-part construction of the K-18 highway from Ogden to Manhattan. This phase will see the completion of eastbound K-18 and the Miller Parkway/Davis Drive interchange, as well as improvements to Stagg Hill Road.

Kimberly Qualls, public affairs manager for KDOT, said a portion of Skyway Drive that was not completed in 2012 also will be finished this year.

Crews will also complete some cosmetic work along the shoulders of the highway near Ogden, which includes planting trees and seeding.

And finally the old highway bridge over the railroad tracks at the Ogden interchange will be removed.

Work on K-18 began in June 2011 and included building five interchanges and expanding the highway to a four-lane divided highway to improve the flow of traffic through the Eureka Valley Corridor between Ogden and Manhattan.

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