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U.S. 166/West Madison detour information

Dec. 3, 2018: The U.S. 166/West Madison Avenue bridge over the Arkansas River is officially closed as of 11 a.m. Dec. 3. Barricades are in place and should be observed. For detour information, please refer below.


Nov. 28, 2018: For the City's official news release regarding the impending bridge closure, including information about a pair of alternate local detour routes, please click here.


Nov. 27, 2018: Work to replace the West Madison Avenue bridge on U.S. 166 over the Arkansas River in Arkansas City will begin Thursday, Nov. 29. THE BRIDGE WILL CLOSE MONDAY, DEC. 3.

Please remember that the official detour route (pictured below in color) must use state roads.

Kayakers, boaters and canoeists should steer clear of the river in this vicinity during the project.
U.S. 166 bridge detour


Nov. 19, 2018: A Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) project to replace a bridge on U.S. 166/West Madison Avenue over the Arkansas River is scheduled to begin Nov. 28, 2018. The bridge is about 5 miles east of the Cowley-Sumner county line.

The $6,368,390 project has a 250 working-day schedule and is expected to last for about 1 1/2 years. A.M. Cohron & Son, Inc., of Atlantic, Iowa, which also has an office in Emporia, is the prime contractor for the project. The official detour on state highways is depicted below:

U.S. 166 detour routeThe Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ’Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through a highway work zone.

Those with questions about this road work or other KDOT projects may call South Central Kansas Public Affairs Manager Deb Gruver at (620) 663-3361.