Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2007

U.S. Highway 69 intersection closed

August 2, 2007

The interchange at U.S. 69 Highway and 199th Street in southeast Johnson County has been closed as part of the Phase II construction of the 199th Street improvement project from Metcalf Avenue to Antioch Road.

The interchange was closed July 25. The closure is scheduled for 40 calendar days, which would mean completion no later than Sept. 3. However, in an effort to reduce the effects on local business, county public works and Kansas Department of Transportation officials included an incentive clause in the construction contract paying the contractor up to an additional $30,000 to complete the Phase II improvements and open the interchange within 20 days, which could be as early as Aug. 13.

In response to concerns by residents and businesses in the Stilwell area, the county public works officials have added additional directional signage along the posted detour, which is a half mile on either side of U.S. 69 Highway at Antioch Road on the west and at Metcalf Avenue on the east, to aid the traveling public in accessing the businesses within the construction zone. Posting of the signs was completed Tuesday.

Access along the detour will remain open to all businesses throughout the construction project.

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