100-day closure of U.S. Highway 40 postponed until spring

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A section of U.S. Highway 40 (West Sixth Street) was set to be closed for about 100 days, but that closure has been postponed until spring of 2024, according to an update from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The closure is part of the Kansas Highway 10 interchange project, which will reconfigure the interchange at U.S. 40/Sixth Street and K-10 into a diverging diamond and add a sidewalk with barriers for pedestrian protection.

Crews had planned to close U.S. 40 to through traffic between East 800 and East 900 roads for the first phase of the project, starting Sept. 5. However, that closure has been postponed until next spring due to unexpected utility relocation setbacks, according to the KDOT update.

“The project will remain an active work zone as work continues in areas not effected by the utility setbacks. Traffic impacts should be minimal through the end of this construction season,” according to the update.

Phase III of the project “will require a complete closure of the interchange when U.S. 40 and the K-10 ramps are reconfigured to create the diverging diamond layout,” according to a previous KDOT release. That closure is still expected to happen during the summer of 2024.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2024, according to the City of Lawrence.

Updates and information about highways and projects statewide can be found at kandrive.org.

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