Start of construction on K-10 east of Lawrence postponed again — to next Wednesday

The start of construction on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence again has been delayed.

It’s now scheduled to start next Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Transportation has announced.

KDOT spokeswoman Kim Qualls said scheduling conflicts have affected the start date for the $4.3 million project by Hamm Construction of Perry because Hamm is working to complete a project on the Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence.

On K-10, workers will patch and resurface the eight miles of the driving lanes — and widen shoulders with rumble strips — between Lawrence and the Johnson County line. Work originally was to begin last Monday, but now has been delayed twice. The project is expected to be done in November.

Qualls said that once construction starts, crews will be working day and night, but not during peak travels times from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and on Kansas University home football gamedays.

Drivers on the busy highway should expect delays because the highway will be reduced to one lane each way in one- to two-mile stretches.

“Drivers should expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible,” Qualls said.

KDOT said the work zone speed limit will be 55 mph and drivers are urged to pay attention and not use cellphones.

By George Diepenbrock

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