Roundabout open to most traffic

LYNDON—Construction on the U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268 roundabout opened three of its four directions Oct. 29, with most traffic beginning to use the new interchange.

North and southbound U.S. 75 Highway traffic are now rerouted to the new roadway, along with K-268 to and from the east. K-31 traffic will continue to use the temporary detour.

“Essentially, the only thing that isn’t done is where K-31 ties into the west end of the roundabout,” said Kimberly Qualls, NE Kansas Public Affairs Manager for the Kansas Department of Transportation. “K-31 still uses the shoefly, everybody else uses the roundabout.”

New pavement will be constructed in the segment on K-31 west of the roundabout that was impacted by the detour route in the previous phase of construction. The K-268 shoefly is being removed.

Park and ride traffic will now enter the new park and ride facility located off K-268.

Qualls said the project had changed from its original phase progression, but should still be finished on schedule.

“We had early fall - it’s going to be done mid November,” Qualls said. “October, November is early fall for us. It’s on schedule.”

Drivers should expect minimal delays as project work continues. Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage and cones. There will continue to be a 40 mph posted speed limit through the project work zone throughout the project duration. Work will take place Monday through Saturday from daylight to dusk.

The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

Smoky Hill, LLC, Salina, is the primary contractor on this roundabout project with a total contract cost of $2.541 million. The scheduled completion date for this project is mid to late November, weather permitting.

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