U.S. Highway 75 — Bid approved for Sabetha project
Earlier this month, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) announced the approved bid for the U.S. Highway 75 project in Sabetha. The letting took place Dec. 15, 2021, in Topeka.
Herzog Contracting Corp., out of St. Joseph, Mo., was the approved company to complete the project, which includes 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. The approved project cost is $5,414,193.56.
Bryan Jones with Herzog Contracting Corp., said he anticipates the project to begin in early April. The project is expected to take approximately six months, pending weather. Civil Contractor Lexeco — out of Leavenworth — will also be working on the project.
While exact details are still being ironed out, Jones said he anticipates both intersections to be worked on simultaneously. However, the road will not be closed to through traffic.
In 2021, KDOT authorized a State and Federal Aid Safety Project on U.S. Highway 75 outside of Sabetha. During their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, 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.
The State of Kansas is responsible for obtaining design plans for the project, which includes design plans, specifications, estimates, surveys, and any necessary studies or investigations, as well as 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.