Traffic detour planned during bridge project

PENOKEE -- A bridge replacement project that began Feb. 27 in Penokee will switch traffic onto the temporary bridge and shoo-fly detour within the next two weeks.

Construction work to replace a bridge over the south fork of the Solomon River located along Kansas Highway 84 a half-mile north of Penokee or a half mile south of U.S. Highway 24 continues to progress.

The scope of the project includes replacing the existing bridge -- within three construction phases. The speed limit will be reduced to 30 mph through the shoo-fly and the construction zone.

Weather permitting, this bridge project will be complete by June of 2013.

The bridge replacement project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010.

For more information, contact Nick Rogers at (785) 625-9718 in Hays; or Kristen Brands, Northwest Kansas Public Affairs manager, at (785) 877-3315 or in Norton.