Road crews began a resurfacing project on a 6.8-mile stretch of eastbound and westbound K-18 Tuesday. The work involves the roadway from the east edge of Manhattan at the K-177/K-18 junction east to Zeandale in Riley County.
Crews are milling away existing pavement followed by the application of an overlay of new asphalt, along with the addition of a 2-foot wide rock wedge on the shoulders, and new pavement markings on the resurfaced stretch of K-18.
During the project, eastbound and westbound K-18 is being reduced to one lane in both directions for several miles at a time. Traffic is being directed through the project work zone during working hours only via a pilot car operation. Drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes during the pilot car operation. There will be a 55 mph posted speed limit through the project work zone and traffic will be restricted to an 11-foot lane width restriction through the work zone during working hours only.
Shilling Construction Co., Inc. is the primary contractor on the resurfacing project with a total contract cost of $587,518. The scheduled completion date for the entire project is mid-July, weather permitting.