|After U.S. 169 was closed between Delaware and Hawaii roads, pavement demolition immediately began on the concrete mainline and ramp pavement.|
|U.S. 169 north of Hawaii Road is completed and open to |
traffic to and from Humboldt.
In early December, activity on the seven-mile long U.S. 169 pavement reconstruction project in Allen County switched from north to south. Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., the contractor, has now closed to traffic the south two miles on the project, between Delaware (Tank Farm) Road and Hawaii Road at Humboldt. Following closure of the south end, the newly constructed five-mile stretch from Hawaii north to Minnesota roads was reopened to two-way traffic.
Work on the entire $16 million improvement began in May 2018. All concrete on the mainline highway pavement and ramps is being replaced, along with the reestablishment of a new subgrade base for the highway. KDOT has also installed wicking geotextile fabric in two 1,000-foot long test sections to help solve moisture-related problems and prolong the life of the pavement.
The official detour route is signed on K-39, U.S. 75 and U.S. 54. KDOT expects to open the entire seven miles of new U.S. 169 roadway in late spring 2019, weather permitting.