Road construction may cause travel delays

By The Mercury

For K-State fans heading to Manhattan for Saturday’s home football game, take note of the following construction projects and traffic impacts that may impact game day commute. Drivers should expect significant delays through the active project work zones and allow plenty of extra time for game day commutes.

•I-70 from Topeka to Manhattan

Westbound I-70 from Valencia Road to K-30 will be open to two lanes this Saturday. Westbound I-70 from Valencia Road to K-30 will have moving lane closures for pavement marking work on Friday during daylight hours. This will be a mobile operation. All project work will be completed by Nov. 9.

•K-18 from Ogden to Manhattan

Eastbound and westbound K-18 from Ogden to Manhattan is reduced to one lane in each direction for ongoing widening work. Traffic is directed through the project work zone via concrete barrier, signs and cones. Project work is scheduled to be completed in late fall 2013. 

On Thursday traffic changes took place on Scenic Drive and on Eureka Drive at K-18. K-18 traffic will remain in this configuration until mid-November 2012.  Traffic coming from Ogden/Fort Riley will not be able to access Scenic Drive from Eureka Drive. Traffic will need to take K-18 east to Scenic Drive where they will be able to take a left and go north on Scenic Drive.

The new Scenic Drive alignment will be open. Southbound Scenic Drive traffic will travel through the two roundabouts and over the bridge that spans K-18 to the existing K-18 lanes where they will only be able to turn right towards Ogden.

Eastbound K-18 traffic will now be able to turn left onto the new Scenic Drive as left turn lane on K-18 was installed.

The shoofly detour that was in place for Scenic Drive will be closed.  Traffic heading east on Eureka Drive will only be able to make a right hand turn to head south on Skyway Drive to Murray Drive in the business district area where they can then turn right westbound K-18.

Eureka Drive traffic wishing to access eastbound K-18 will need to proceed west on K-18 to the 56th Street interchange where they can then get back on eastbound K-18 towards Manhattan.

•K-18 from Wabaunsee to Manhattan

Eastbound and westbound K-18 from approximately one mile east of the city of Wabaunsee to K-99 will be closed to all traffic to replace the two bridges closest to K-99.  A marked detour will be provided. Traffic will detour north on K-99, then west on US-24 and then back on K-18. Project work is scheduled to be completed in late fall 2013.

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