HWY 69 Expansion Work Starts This Week

Work on U.S. 69 Crawford County expansion project will start this week


The week of Nov. 2, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) plans to start a project that will expand a 5.7-mile section of U.S. 69 in Crawford County to a four-lane divided expressway.


The expansion project begins three miles north of the north city limits of Arma and continues north to the Crawford-Bourbon county line. Two lanes will be added to the existing U.S. 69 alignment. At-grade intersections will be constructed at 680th, 690th, 700th, 710th and 720th avenues.


Two-way traffic is being maintained on the existing lanes of U.S. 69 while the new lanes are under construction. Early project activity includes grading and work on box culverts off the highway. Traffic will be flagged through the area during intermittent blasting operations, with minimal delays expected. The speed limit through the project is 55 miles an hour.


KDOT awarded the $21.6 million construction contract to Bob Bergkamp Construction, Inc., of Wichita. The project is north of another U.S. 69 expansion project at Arma, which began in March. The work should complete by the summer of 2022, weather permitting.


Persons with questions may contact Darrin Petrowsky at KDOT-Iola, (620) 901-6557, or Priscilla Petersen at KDOT-Chanute, (620) 902-6433.








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