Major bridge work is planned on the Kansas Turnpike near Emporia starting later this month, and the Turnpike Authority has approved a contract for the work ahead.
The KTA says AM Cohron and Sons' bid of nearly $5.5 million was approved. The two-year project has several facets. Eventually, two mainline bridges near mile marker 130 will be re-decked and widened. Three bridges between mile markers 129 and 130 will be rehabilitated. And a mainline bridge just north of mile marker 130 will be removed altogether.
Construction will begin later this month. Project details will be released soon on the Turnpike Authority's website, www.ksturnpike.com, with travel impacts posting online at www.kandrive.org.
Separately and shorter-term, the KTA is sweeping the center barrier wall Wednesday between mile marker 104, about seven miles north of the Matfield Green service area, and the Emporia tollgate. This affects northbound traffic only.