KDOT will overlay K-150
The Kansas Department of Transportation is planning to start a 3-inch asphalt overlay project on K-150 Monday.
KDOT Marion office construction manager Mervin Lare said the highway was chosen for overlay because cracks were starting to form below the surface of the concrete road. He said moisture has leaked into the road and frozen to create the fissures.
“Surface wise it’s OK,” Lare said. “You see cracks in the aggregate.”
Lare added that KDOT is attempting to prevent K-150 from succumbing to the deterioration that plagued U.S. 50. He said the asphalt would seal in any cracks.
Construction will commence one lane at a time with traffic guided through the work zone by a pilot car and flaggers. Lare said the workers can complete about 3 miles a day of overlay. The department will pave the entire highway from the intersection with U.S. 77 to the intersection of U.S. 50, about 16 miles of road. Lare said the project should be completed between the end of August and mid-September.
Lare said the projects costs approximately $5 million.