Starting in early June, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin work on a pair of mill and inlay projects in Ellis County.

The first project will cover an 11-mile portion of U.S. Highway 183 from the south city limit of Hays to the Rush County line. Upon completion of the work on 183, KDOT will begin an additional resurfacing project on K-247 from the north city limit of Ellis to the north side of the Interstate 70 junction at Exit 145.

Traffic through the construction zones will be reduced to one lane and controlled by flaggers and a pilot car operation during daylight hours. Minor delays, not exceeding 15 minutes, should be expected. KDOT encourages motorists to slow down, obey the warning signs and “Give ‘em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through work zones. Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of June, weather permitting.

Venture Corporation of Great Bend is the primary contractor for the projects with contract costs totaling approximately $1.5 million for the 183 project and $144,000 for the K-247 project. The projects are funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas legislature in May 2010.