U.S. 166 detouring begins Nov. 29; bridge will be closed Dec. 3
Project expected to last about 1 ½ years; boaters urged to avoid bridge area
ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (Nov. 28, 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. 29. The bridge is located about 5 miles east of the Cowley-Sumner county line.
Crews will begin placing official detour signs Nov. 29. The bridge will be closed beginning Dec. 3, but motorists should take the next few days to begin familiarizing themselves with detour routes.
The $6,368,390 project has a schedule of 250 working days 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, which will involve the demolition and replacement of the existing bridge span.
Kayakers, boaters and canoeists should steer clear of the Arkansas River in the vicinity of the bridge during this project.
They can exit the Arkansas River safely at Chestnut Park (National Water Trail Public Access Point No. 22), located at the west end of Chestnut Avenue, just south of the Chestnut bridge.
The official KDOT detour route, which must follow state highways, leaves U.S. 166 west of Ark City at South Haven and proceeds north on U.S. 81 to Wellington, then east on U.S. 160 through Oxford to Winfield, and finally south on U.S. 77 to Arkansas City. Motorists either can proceed east on U.S. 166 at the roundabout or continue south on the U.S. 77 bypass and U.S. 77 to the Kansas-Oklahoma state line.
This route is the one that should be used by trucking traffic and other heavy vehicles, KDOT says.
Commercial truck traffic is prohibited on 306th Road/Lovers Lane by order of the Cowley County Commission after a vote taken during its regular meeting Nov. 6.
The 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.