By Deb Gruver, District Five Public Affairs Manager
Flaggers and pilot cars handle most of the traffic during KDOT projects. But occasionally, a detour is necessary.
KDOT typically routes traffic to state highways when detours occur. That’s because those roads are usually the least expensive to sign and maintain.
|Above shows a detour map for a project to replace the West Madison Avenue bridge over the|
Arkansas River in Arkansas City.
If a local road detour is selected, KDOT will enter an agreement with a county or city to allow traffic to detour on local roads. But most detours occur on state roads, Nichol said.
If detours are not feasible, KDOT also might build a “shoo-fly,” a temporary road adjacent to the construction site, or build the project half at a time to avoid a detour.
The state alerts the traveling public about detours and installs signage to guide drivers.