Repair plan still pending for K-99 bridge north of Emporia Featured

Repair plan still pending for K-99 bridge north of Emporia Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Close to six weeks after an oversized load damaged a bridge on Kansas Highway 99 north of Emporia, traffic is still down to one lane over the bridge and there is no indication on when things can return to normal.

Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Ballman says the department is still waiting for repair plans from an outside consulting engineering firm before work can move forward. There is currently no timetable for that report.

In late February, a northbound semi carrying a tracked excavator on the Kansas Turnpike hit the bottom of a bridge north of Road 220. The incident damaged a girder on the bottom of the bridge and reportedly sent concrete down to the highway. The bridge was damaged enough to where KDOT had to completely close the highway for nearly two full days. K-99 has remained with a one-lane traffic pattern near and over the bridge, using a special signal setup to direct traffic, since the incident.

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