Starting in early July, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin a bridge replacement project along U.S. Highway 83 near Oberlin in Decatur County.

Crews will be replacing the Sappa Creek Drainage bridge located approximately 3/4 of a mile south of the U.S. Highway 36 junction. Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 14-foot width restriction through the construction zone and controlled by stop lights. U.S. 83 will not be accessible from West Columbia Street and Mill Street, and those living adjacent to the construction will need to use an alternate access to U.S. 83. Work is expected to be completed in November, weather permitting.

KDOT awarded the construction contract, totaling approximately $1 million, to Bridges Inc. of Newton. The project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas legislature in May 2010. Find out more about this and other T-WORKS projects at