Beginning this week, there may be some traffic hold-ups at 24th and Main, which has been under reconstruction since March. On Monday, the contractor will begin installing the new traffic signal mast arms.
“Travelers can expect delays at the intersection while this work is being completed,” said City Engineer Rob Winiecke. There will be lane closures and workers within the roadway.
Two months ago, Bryant and Bryant Construction Inc. of Halstead started mobilizing for the project. It started with traffic control and project staking (surveying) and moved on to the storm drain at the northeast corner of the intersection.
Once the drain was completed, which took about four weeks, the contractor installed most of the new curb and gutter, and pavement expansion (northeast corner). After the new signals are in place the old ones will be removed and, since there was a conflict with the curb work, concrete work will be completed next, Winiecke said.
After that, Venture Corporation of Great Bend will perform the mill and overlay work at the intersection. This will be followed by the final step when another contractor does the striping and road markings.
Winiecke said Bryant and Bryant has until the end of June to finish the project, but the firm has other jobs they would like to start. So, weather permitting, he said the intersection should be completed by mid May.
The project is quite extensive, the engineer said.
In addition, Kansas Gas Service had to relocate an existing gas line that conflicted with the new storm drain improvements at the northeast corner.
KDOT let the bids for the project and Bryant & Bryant was the low bidder.
The state is splitting the cost of the work with the city by paying $250,000. The city’s share is $216,000.