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U.S. 50 to get asphalt overlay

Staff writer

The entire length of U.S. 50 in Marion County will receive a 3-inch asphalt overlay beginning in April.

The project will go from the Harvey County line into Chase County, Kansas Department of Transportation Area Engineer Joe Palic said Friday. It is expected to take most of the summer to complete.

“That’s a big project,” Palic said.

The cost of the project is almost $9.2 million.

Work will be completed in segments of 1 to 1.5 miles. While a stretch is under construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with flaggers and a pilot car to direct traffic, he said.

The purpose of the overlay is to make the road smoother. The current concrete surface is fairly rough, Palic said.

There are no plans to widen the highway to four lanes, but the department is in the preliminary stages of studying to determine whether to add passing lanes.

Last modified Jan. 20, 2011