U.S. 69/18th Street Expressway Repair & Resurfacing Project to Begin in Wyandotte County

US69 Project LimitsOn Monday, August 31, a pavement repair and resurfacing project will begin on a 3.1-mile stretch of U.S. 69/18th Street Expressway from the Wyandotte/Johnson county line north to the Union Pacific railroad crossing bridge (just north of K-32 and south of I-70) in Wyandotte County. Work will also take place on the ramps at Merriam Lane, Steele Road, Ruby Street, Kansas Avenue and I-35. Project work includes pavement patching on mainline lanes and adjacent ramps, followed by a 5/8-inch nova chip overlay. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Saturday. No work will be allowed south of Merriam Lane between 6-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. on mainline lanes, and between 9-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m. on adjacent ramps. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 31, northbound and southbound U.S. 69/18th Street Expressway will be reduced to one lane for both directions, in sections at a time, as crews begin pavement repair work. Pavement repair work is scheduled to take approximately five days to complete. Once pavement repairs are completed, overlay work may begin yet this fall, weather permitting.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via cones and signage. There will be a 12-foot lane width restriction and a 45 mph posted speed limit through the project work zone throughout the project duration. Drivers should expect delays and should allow extra time for their daily commutes. Updated daily traffic information for this project and for the entire Kansas City Metro Area can be viewed online at www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp

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.

Ideker (St. Joseph, MO) is the primary contractor on this repair and resurfacing project with a total contract cost of $857,000. Pavement repair work on the project is scheduled to be completed in mid-September 2015, weather permitting. If weather doesn’t permit this fall, the project will be suspended and the overlay work will take place in Spring 2016.

This project is funded by KDOT’s T-WORKS transportation program. Find out more about these and other T-WORKS projects at http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/.

For more information on this repair and resurfacing project, please contact Kimberly Qualls, Northeast Kansas Public Affairs Manager at (785) 640-9340, or Amy Pope, Field Engineering Administrator, Bonner Springs at (913) 721-2754. (KDOT Project #69-105 KA-3738-01)