The Kansas Department of Transportation has started the construction of turning lanes for the Smith County Memorial Hospital on a portion of U.S. 36 in Smith County beginning at the east edge of Smith Center and extending approximately 1/4 mile east.

Project work includes earthwork, reinforced concrete box extension, storm sewer pipe, curb and gutter, milling, HMA paving and pavement marking. Traffic will be reduced to two lanes with a 12-foot wide width restriction and, at times, reduced to one lane controlled by flaggers during daylight hours. Minor delays not exceeding five minutes should be expected.

APAC-Kansas Inc. Shears Division is the primary contractor for the project with a total contract cost of $471,000. Work is expected to be completed by the beginning of August, weather permitting.