US-54 Kingman County

US-54 Kingman County, Kansas (Koss #75, #76, #77)

These three projects along US-54 in Kingman County, Kansas were completed in the fall of 2014. The projects consisted of the new alignment of seven miles of US 54. The projects included cement treated subgrade, cement treated base, and concrete pavement as well as many new drainage structures and bridge rehabs.

Work started on the projects in the beginning of 2012. The east project grade and structures were started in order to get it paved during the 2012 construction season. Shortly after the east project started grade work. structure work took place on the two west projects. The east project was paved during the 2012 construction season, the west projects had the west bound lanes paved during the 2013 construction season, and the project had all four lanes open to traffic for all three jobs by the fall of 2014.

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There were some challenges that had to be met on these projects. The main challenge was the fact that the project ran through a portion of the wetlands. The project team worked together to overcome this challenge. It was decided that certain portions of the grade would have a rock drainage blanket installed under the slab. This would allow the excess water to drain into the ditch line and allow for a long-lasting pavement section. The project team also had to coordinate with the local Wildlife and Parks representative. The project ran adjacent to the Byron Walker Nature preserve. The team made to sure to keep in constant communication throughout the project to allow for the least amount of impact on this area.

With the help of the Kansas Department of Transportation the project was opened to unrestricted traffic in the fall of 2014. The traveling public now has a smooth four lane divided highway to travel on this portion of an important Kansas route.