Roadwork to begin in Osborne County

Beginning approximately Tuesday, a road construction project to overlay a portion of U.S. Highway 281 is set to begin in Osborne County.

Specifically, the job begins south of the U.S. 281/U.S. Highway 24 junction (at the north end of Osborne) and extends north to the Smith County line (near Portis).

The scope includes a 2-inch mill and overlay of new asphalt material on approximately 8 miles of the roadway.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane and controlled by flaggers and a pilot car operation during daylight hours on the project. Minor delays should be expected through the construction time frame, not exceeding 15 minutes. The public should plan their travels accordingly.

KDOT awarded the construction contract -- totaling $1,328,256 -- to APAC Kansas Inc. Shears Division of Hays.

Subcontractors on the job include Dustrol Inc. (Towanda), milling; Twin Traffic Marking Corporation (Kansas City), permanent pavement markings.

This pavement reconstruction project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010, and designed to create jobs, preserve highway infrastructure and spur economic development opportunities across the state.

Weather permitting, the construction project will be complete by the end of June.

For questions, contact KDOT Area One Construction Engineer Jim Riener at (785) 543-2163 or in Phillipsburg; or KDOT Northwest Kansas Public Affairs Manager Kristen Brands at (785) 877-3315 or in Norton.