The Kansas Department of Transportation expects to begin work on a resurfacing project along K-9 in Phillips and Smith counties on Thursday. The construction area covers an 18.5-mile stretch beginning near Kirwin and ending at the U.S. 281 junction.

Project work includes a 3-inch mill and inlay followed by application of a 1.5-inch hot mix asphalt overlay. Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zone and controlled by flaggers and a pilot car during daylight hours. Minor delays not exceeding 15 minutes should be expected.

Venture Corporation is the primary contractor for the project with a total contract cost of $4.2 million. Work is expected to be completed by the end of May, weather permitting. For more information on the project, contact Phillipsburg area construction engineer Jim Riener at 785-543-2163 or