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U.S. 166/Crestwood Drive detour information

Jan. 15, 2019: A Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) project to replace a bridge on Crestwood Drive, over Crestwood Creek, is scheduled to begin Jan. 21. The bridge is located just north of East Madison Avenue, east of the Walnut River.

Crews will begin placing official closure signs Jan. 21. The bridge will be closed beginning Jan. 21, but motorists should take the next few days to begin familiarizing themselves with detour routes.

Residences along Crestwood Drive, Kirk Road and Meadow Lane can be accessed from the north by way of either Crestwood Drive, via Chestnut Avenue, or Eastridge Drive, leading to Centennial Road.

The $396,907 project has a schedule of 70 working days and 20 cleanup days, and the bridge closure is expected to last for a minimum of three months. Reece Construction Company, Inc., of Scandia, is the contractor for the project, which will involve the demolition and replacement of the existing 88-year-old bridge, which was originally constructed in 1930 and is structurally deficient.

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 work zone.

Those with questions about this work or other KDOT projects may call or email South Central Kansas Public Affairs Manager Deb Gruver at (620) 663-3361 or deb.gruver@ks.govFor more information about this project, click here.


Dec. 3, 2018: The U.S. 166/West Madison Avenue bridge over the Arkansas River is officially closed as of 11 a.m. Dec. 3. Barricades are in place and should be observed. For detour information, please refer below.


Nov. 28, 2018: For the City's official news release regarding the impending bridge closure, please click here.


Nov. 27, 2018: Work to replace the West Madison Avenue bridge on U.S. 166 over the Arkansas River in Arkansas City will begin Thursday, Nov. 29. THE BRIDGE WILL CLOSE MONDAY, DEC. 3.

Please remember that the official detour route (pictured below in color) must use state roads.

Kayakers, boaters and canoeists should steer clear of the river in this vicinity during the project.
U.S. 166 bridge detour


Nov. 19, 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. 28, 2018. The bridge is about 5 miles east of the Cowley-Sumner county line.

The $6,368,390 project has a 250 working-day schedule 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. The official detour on state highways is depicted below:

U.S. 166 detour routeThe 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.

Those with questions about this road work or other KDOT projects may call South Central Kansas Public Affairs Manager Deb Gruver at (620) 663-3361.