Late today (Tuesday, May 26) the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) expects to reopen US-69 in Cherokee County to through traffic from US-166 north to the south city limits of Columbus. The speed limit will be posted at 55 miles per hour until all construction activity is complete. In addition, motorists on the 9.2-mile-long section will experience delays of as long as 15 minutes over the next two weeks while the final lift of asphalt surfacing is placed on the roadway. Flaggers and a pilot car will guide one-lane traffic through the work zone.

Late today (Tuesday, May 26) the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) expects to reopen US-69 in Cherokee County to through traffic from US-166 north to the south city limits of Columbus. The speed limit will be posted at 55 miles per hour until all construction activity is complete. In addition, motorists on the 9.2-mile-long section will experience delays of as long as 15 minutes over the next two weeks while the final lift of asphalt surfacing is placed on the roadway. Flaggers and a pilot car will guide one-lane traffic through the work zone.

KDOT began the project to reconstruct and rehabilitate US-69 south of Columbus in September 2007. The widened two-lane roadway has 12-foot driving lanes with 10-foot shoulders. The project includes a new railroad overpass at the BNSF crossing north of Boston Mills Road, replacement of the Brush Creek drainage bridge, culvert extensions, and acceleration and deceleration lanes at major crossroads.

Heckert Construction Company of Pittsburg is primary contractor on the project, which has a construction cost of approximately $14.7 million.