Bridge replacement project to start on K-27 in Wallace County

Special to The Hays Daily News

Beginning as early as Jan. 6, a project to replace the bridge over Middle Ladder Creek along Kansas Highway 27 in Wallace County will begin.

Specifically, the bridge is located approximately 1 mile north of the Wallace/Greeley county line. Workers will start placing signs and traffic control devices on or around Jan. 6 -- weather permitting.

The scope of the project includes replacing the existing bridge that was constructed in 1963.

The construction work will be completed in phases. The first phase includes earthwork and installing a temporary shoo-fly detour that will be located east of the existing bridge.

"Traffic will not be affected during the first phase of construction," said KDOT Area Engineer Mathew Withington. "The second phase of the project includes construction of the new bridge structure during the first part of April. At that time, drivers will then utilize the temporary shoo fly detours to navigate around the construction."

KDOT awarded the construction contract -- totaling $2.4 million -- to L&M Contractors of Great Bend.

Subcontractors on the project include: All Roads Barricades Inc., traffic control and temporary pavement markings, Lincoln, Neb.; Fulsom Brothers Inc., guardrail, Cedar Vale; Dickhut Seed Co., temporary and permanent seeding, Scott City; Garber Surveying Service, surveying, Hutchinson; Gary A. Crain Inc., bridge-deck grooving, Prague; PCI Roads, traffic control, St. Michael, Minn.; Sporer Land Development, bridge removal, earthwork, grading/surfacing, temporary erosion control, Oakley; HWA Davis, slope drain, concrete pavement, bridge approach slab footing, Newton.

Weather permitting, the project will be completed by fall.