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Posted on: June 9, 2011

[ARCHIVED] US-50 Four-Lane ready to open

Work on the new four-lane section of US-50/400 from Holcomb to Garden City is nearing completion and the Kansas Department of Transportation anticipates opening the westbound lanes and all interchanges to traffic as early as Tuesday, June 14, weather permitting.
If all goes as scheduled, KDOT and the primary contractor, Koss Construction Company of Topeka, plan to begin the traffic switch around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. The process of switching traffic to the westbound lanes will require closing US-50/400 from IBP Road west of Holcomb to the eastern end of the four-lane section, between Third Street and Campus Drive at Garden City. All intersections with the highway along this corridor, the Big Lowe Road overpass and US-83 north and south of the new US-83/US-50/US-400 interchange will also be closed for the traffic switch. These closures could last up to 30 minutes while road crews remove barricades, uncover signs, post new signs where necessary and ensure that all is ready for the switchover.
Once westbound traffic is shifted to the new lanes, crews will begin repainting the center and edge lines on the eastbound lanes and repairing pavement as needed. This will require maintaining one-lane traffic eastbound for up to one week and keeping a reduced speed limit for eastbound traffic.
The contractor will continue working to complete everything associated with the project, but most of the work will not impact highway traffic. Drivers should be aware of the ongoing work and continue driving through the corridor cautiously. Final completion date for all work on this project is July 15.
KDOT reminds drivers that the new Big Lowe Road interchange has stop signs for northbound and southbound Big Lowe Road traffic on the north end of the interchange. This allows westbound traffic exiting the highway at Big Lowe Road to make a continuous movement without stopping and should prevent traffic from backing up onto the highway and creating a hazard.
Construction on this almost $50-million dollar four-lane project began in 2009 and this is one of the last projects to be completed under the Comprehensive Transportation Program.

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