Arkansas River bridge repair set to begin east of Great Bend on SE 60 Avenue. L&M Contractors plans to close SE 60 Avenue at the Arkansas River bridge east of Great Bend on Tuesday, July 5th in order to begin replacing the deteriorated expansion joint. L&M was awarded the contract by Barton County after submitting the low bid of $39,487.50. Traffic will not be allowed over the bridge during the work, which the contractor expects to have completed by July 15th. SE 60 Avenue will be closed on the south side of East Barton County Road, so traffic to Bartlett Grain and nearby properties will continue to have access from US-56 highway and from East Barton County Road. Traffic into the Stone Sand sandpit and other properties on the south side of the river will have access from SE 20 Road onto SE 60 Avenue, but the road will be closed at the south end of the bridge.
Venture Corporation plans to begin work on the Airport Road (SW 40 Avenue) resurfacing project on Thursday, June 30th. The project extends from the US-56 highway intersection north to the West Barton County Road intersection. Venture anticipates that it will take two days to mill the existing surface, and that they will begin the hot mix asphalt overlay work on Tuesday, July 5th. Following the completion of the overlay they will place a rock wedge along the edges of the roadway and stripe the new pavement with permanent markings. Venture Corporation will have two way traffic through the construction zone on one half of the road. Motorists are asked to slow down and be aware of the construction workers and equipment. The project is expected to be completed within two weeks, weather permitting.
The Barton County Road and Bridge crew has finished replacing the crossroad pipe replacement.