Local project for U.S. Highway 75 approved, bids underway

The Kansas Department of Transportation has authorized a State and Federal Aid Safety Project on U.S. Highway 75 outside of Sabetha.

During their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 25, the Sabetha City Commission approved a contract for the project – Resolution No. 2021-19. 

The contract states that the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will improve U.S. Highway 75, by adding left turn lanes – for both north- and sound-bound traffic – at the intersections of 260th and 280th Roads, and the conversion of by-pass lanes to right turn lanes in Sabetha. 

When asked whether both intersections would be worked on simultaneously, Sara Peters, KDOT State Traffic Engineer said, “these final details on project phasing will all be finalized when the contractor is awarded. The District will send out information regarding expected closures/impacts once the contractor is on board and construction is about to begin.”

The cost of the project, which will be $4,390,000 – Participating Costs of Construction, $390,000; Participating Costs of preliminary Engineering, right of way, utility adjustments and construction engineering, $1,000,000; and Non-Participating Cost Non-interstate Resurfacing, $3,000,000 – will be covered by KDOT.

Bidding, timeline and details

Bidding

Now, that the project has been approved by the City of Sabetha, bidding for the project is currently underway.

According to KDOT, the project is currently advertised on the KDOT Bidding Website (https://www.ksdot.org/bureaus/burconsmain/lettinginfo.asp) and KDOT also submits information to the Kansas Register that points back to their website. Bids are due by Wednesday, Dec. 15.

“The project will be awarded to the low bidder and should be done by the first week of January 2021,” said Peters. “However, the apparent ‘low bid’ is usually available same day or next day after the bids are read.”

Timeline

While the project timeline is not set in stone, Peters said KDOT anticipates work to begin in the Spring of 2022, with an anticipated construction completion of Fall 2022 – a working days contract.

Project Details

In addition to receiving bids, the State of Kansas will also be responsible for obtaining design plans for the project, which includes design plans, specifications, estimates, surveys, and any necessary studies or investigations; and utility relocation, which means KDOT will move or adjust, all utilities necessary to construct the project, including all privately, publicly or cooperatively owned lines, facilities and systems for producing, transmitting or distributing communications, power, electricity, light, heat, gas, oil, crude products, water, steam, waste, storm water, and fire and police signal systems.

Street lighting will be installed at 280th Road and the street lights at 260th Road will be upgraded. Also, pavement rehabilitation will be included between 260th and 300 feet north of 280th.

As for the City’s responsibilities – according to the contract – the City of Sabetha will need to complete the following:

• Maintain the lighting installations and will need to make ample provisions each year for such maintenance at its own cost and expense. Maintenance will include: replacing damaged signs and posts, pavement markings, lighting and traffic signal equipment, curb and sidewalk and operating lighting and traffic signal installations.

• Establish and maintain a qualified traffic engineering unit or provide other means for the proper maintenance and operation of the project when completed.

Brown, Jackson Counties

There are also improvements currently under construction on U.S. Highway 75 in Brown and Jackson counties.

According to an update from KDOT, the contractor – Hamm, Inc.– is “currently constructing the Jackson County new southbound lane and shoulder, which should be complete in the next week or so, weather permitting. Once complete, temporary lane markings will be modified accordingly. 

As for the Brown County project, KDOT said “lane markings will likely be modified as well; however, the construction zone speed limits/signage will remain in place through winter since the possibility of ongoing work exists.”

“We don’t have a percentage complete estimate at present but the planned completion date for both projects remains the same- Spring 2022,” Peters said. “This could change depending on various factors – work completed through winter, weather conditions, etc. – but work is progressing towards completion.”

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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