A scheduled break in resurfacing work along the U.S. Highway 75 interstate in north Osage County will have to wait a few weeks longer.
According to a press release issued by the Kansas Department of Transportation, the left passing lane of northbound U.S. 75 from the U.S. 56 junction in Osage County to Topeka Boulevard in Shawnee County will remain closed until pavement markings can be applied to the entire 10-mile stretch. Once the pavement markings are applied, the roadway will then be reopened to unrestricted traffic for the winter season.
Due to the cold weather temperatures and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, pavement marking work will more than likely not occur until after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
“The temperatures are simply too cold right now for the pavement marking paint to be applied and to cure properly,” the release stated. “As a top priority, the project contractor will be applying pavement markings as soon as weather allows in the next week or two.”
Asphalt resurfacing work, including tie-in tapers to the bridge approaches on northbound U.S. 75, has been completed for the 2013 construction season. Remaining asphalt work on northbound U.S. 75 and all project work on southbound U.S. 75 will resume in spring 2014.
Until the road reopens, drivers should expect minor delays and should allow extra time for their daily commutes.
The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through the project work zone.