Coronavirus could impact road construction in Kansas


LENNINGTON: THE CORONAVIRUS COULD HAVE AN IMPACT ON STATE ROADS. KSNT’S CAPITOL BUREAU REPORTER “ALEC GARTNER” EXPLAINS WHY.### It’s business as usual for construction crews. So far, CONTRACTORS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STAY ON SCHEDULE WITH THEIR PROJECTS. The state is reminding contractors TO MAKE SURE JOB SITES ARE CLEANED AND THAT WORKERS are KEEPING THEIR DISTANCE FROM EACH OTHER. BUT FOR ROAD WORKERS THAT WORK FOR K-DOT AND ARE EMPLOYED BY THE STATE, THEY’RE ON STANDBY. MEANING ONLY URGENT MAINTENANCE PROJECTS ARE TAKING PLACE, LIKE CRITICAL BRIDGE WORK OR FILLING A DAMAGING POT HOLE. WITH MORE PEOPLE WORKING FROM HOME, THAT MEANS LESS TRAFFIC ON THE ROADS. K-DOT OFFICIALS ARE SAYING CONTRACTED WORKERS COULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. CONSTRUCTION COULD BE COMPLETED FASTER BECAUSE WORKDAYS COULD LAST LONGER WITHOUT DISRUPTING TRAFFIC AND IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO CLOSE MORE LANES AT ONE TIME. Jeanny Sharp KDOT we’re evaluating on a day to day basis, we’re modifying things as necessary and certainly as we look at the lower traffic counts particularly in the metropolitan areas, we’re reviewing the ability and the opportunity to possibly do more road work during this time because of those lower traffic counts. THE DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT THE

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