Road construction near airport to shift Monday

By The Mercury

Construction work on K-18 will resume Monday, weather permitting, and that work will affect the eastbound and westbound lanes as well as other access streets.

Kansas Department of Transportation officials said the work will begin at approximately 8 a.m., with most of it remaining in place through late May.

Most of the changes affect traffic flowing between Manhattan Regional Airport on the east and Ogden on the west. One of the noticeable changes will involving the opening to traffic of the new portion of the K-18/K-114 interchange around Ogden.

Here’s a breakdown on the changes motorists will see.

*Eastbound K-18 Traffic: Traffic will be reduced to one lane (right lane) prior to the city of Ogden. Once reduced to one lane, eastbound traffic will proceed straight and enter onto the newly completed K-18 roadway. To access the south side of Walnut Street, 68th Avenue, Wildcat Creek or the city of Ogden, traffic will follow the roadway signage to Riley Avenue and utilize the new intersection ramp to enter onto Riley Avenue. Once on Riley Avenue, traffic should turn right to access the River Trail Townhomes or turn left and follow the roadway to access Wildcat Creek Road, 68th Street or the city of Ogden. To access the city of Manhattan, drivers should proceed straight at the ramp to continue on towards Manhattan.

*Westbound K-18 Traffic: To access 12th Street or I-70 from westbound K-18, traffic will need to be in the left lane of K-18. Just west of the Manhattan Regional Airport, traffic will cross over onto the old K-18 eastbound lanes, where it will be then in a head to head placement with eastbound traffic in the adjoining lane. To continue on to I-70 or 12th Street, traffic will have to utilize the left hand exit and will enter onto the newly completed K-18 roadway. To access Wildcat Creek Road, 68th Avenue, the south side of Walnut Street or the city of Ogden, traffic should not take the exit but proceed straight. The south side of Walnut Street will be accessed via the new Skyway Drive shoofly which is located directly across from 68th Avenue. Once on the Skyway Drive shoofly, traffic should follow the roadway to the new Cimarron Trail Road which will allow access to the River Trail Townhomes and Kansas River boat ramp.

Eastbound Traffic Exiting Ogden: For traffic exiting to the city of Ogden, drivers will continue east on K-114. To access the city of Manhattan, traffic will have two separate options. First option: the left lane of Fort Riley Boulevard will be a continuous lane that will end at Wildcat Creek Road, where drivers can take Wildcat Creek Road to Eureka Drive to then access Scenic Drive. Second option: drivers in the right lane of K-114 must turn right onto the new Skyway Drive shoofly, directly across from 68th Avenue. Traffic should follow the roadway signage to either enter onto westbound K-18 towards I-70 or eastbound K-18 towards the city of Manhattan.

*Walnut Street Traffic: Walnut Street access to K-18 will be closed as crews construct a new bridge over K-18. When completed in mid-summer, the new bridge will carry Walnut Street traffic over K-18. Walnut Street traffic will use the new Skyway Drive shoofly, directly across from 68th Avenue, to Cimarron Trail to the new K-18/K-114 interchange.

*Davis Drive Traffic: Davis Drive access to K-18 will be closed and will remain closed until late 2013. Residents south of K-18 will need to use Allison Road and Stagg Hill Road to the K-113/Seth Child Road Interchange or Rosencutter Road to K-18 for access to eastbound and westbound K-18.

The speed limit will be restricted to 55 mph throughout the project work zone. There will be a 12-foot lane width restriction throughout the project duration. Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible.

The work is part of the overall improvement project that will reconstruct a seven-mile stretch of K-18 from Manhattan to Ogden to a freeway.









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