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Crews prepare to resurface U.S. 36 in Phillips Co.


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

On Monday, a job to repave a portion of U.S. 36 Highway in Phillips County will begin.

Starting at the east city limits of Phillipsburg and continuing east to the Smith County line, workers will resurface 14 miles of the highway.

"The project will begin with contractors milling 3 inches of existing pavement, and then inlaying 2.5 inches of new asphalt material," said Kansas Department of Transportation Construction Engineer Jim Riener. "An additional 1.5-inch lift of asphalt will be laid down to complete the paving operation."

The roadway will receive center-line rumble strips as part of the new construction. The rumble strips are an added safety feature that alerts travelers who are driving too close to the center line.

Flaggers and a pilot car operation will guide one-lane traffic through the work zone during daylight hours. Delays of 15 minutes or less will be expected through the construction time frame. The public should plan their travels accordingly.

KDOT awarded the construction contract -- totaling $4,479,376 to APAC Kansas Inc. of Hays. Sub-contractors on the job include Dustrol Inc., Towanda, milling; Century Fence Co., Pewaukee, Wisc., pavement markings; Surface Preparation Technologies, Mechanicsburg, Penn., rumble strips.

Weather permitting, the construction work will be complete by late September.

For questions concerning the project, contact Riener at (785) 543-2163 or jriener@ksdot.org in Phillipsburg; or KDOT Northwest Kansas Public Affairs Manager Kristen Brands at (785) 877-3315 or kristenb@ksdot.org in Norton.