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Rooks County bridge projects set to begin

Special to The Hays Daily News

Depending upon weather conditions, two bridge replacement jobs in Rooks County could begin Monday, the Kansas Department of Transportation said.

Both bridges are located on U.S. Highway 24 in Rooks County.

The first structure is 1.8 miles east of the U.S. 24/U.S. Highway 183 junction. The second bridge is 5.2 miles west of Stockton.

The scope includes grading, bridge reconstruction and resurfacing at both locations.

The work is scheduled to be completed in October.

"These two projects will be constructed at the same time with approximately the same starting and completion dates," said KDOT Construction Engineer Jim Riener of the Phillipsburg construction office.

Traffic signals will be used on each bridge project. Minor delays should be expected through the construction.

Pay attention to the signs and workers within a construction zone, and "Give 'Em A Brake!"

KDOT awarded both bridge reconstruction contracts -- totaling $695,184 and $964,140 -- to Newton-based Bridges Inc.

The bridge replacement jobs are funded by T-WORKS, the Transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010.

For more, contact Riener at (785) 543-2163 or or KDOT Northwest Kansas Public Affairs Manager Kristen Brands at (785) 877-3315 or