K-10 commuters get another reprieve; construction now delayed indefinitely

The Kansas Department of Transportation has again delayed construction work that was scheduled to begin Wednesday on Kansas Highway 10 east of Lawrence.

KDOT had already delayed the Douglas County project twice. It said the contractor, Hamm Construction of Perry, has had scheduling conflicts with its project on the Kansas Turnpike, and Tuesday afternoon KDOT officials said the K-10 project would be suspended until further notice. Hamm won the $4.3 million bid to repave the driving lanes and expand the shoulders to include rumble strips from Lawrence east for eight miles to the Johnson County line.

KDOT spokeswoman Kim Qualls said officials would give the public a minimum notice of two days before work begins on K-10, and contractors are still scheduled to complete the project in early November, weather permitting.

KDOT officials have also said once construction starts crews will be working day and night except for peak travel times from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and on Kansas University home football game days.

By George Diepenbrock

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