Pavement testing on U.S. 77, U.S. 54, K-254, K-96 and K-42 in Butler, Reno and Sedgwick counties will begin Monday July 31. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) conducts these pavement tests annually on different highway segments, using a Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD), a device equipped with a series of weights that checks the strength of asphalt pavement. The project is scheduled to be completed, weather permitting, on Friday August 4.

The pavement strength tests will affect the following routes:

Butler County

U.S. 77 from North city limits of El Dorado north to the end of the four lanes (about a mile long) both northbound and southbound lanes

U.S. 54 from South city limits of El Dorado to U.S. 400 both northbound and southbound lanes

K-254 from K-196/K-254 junction west to Butler/Sedgwick county line both eastbound and westbound lanes.

Reno County

K-96 from Sedgwick/Reno county line west to south city limits of South Hutchinson

K-96 from South city limits of South Hutchinson to K-14 junction only eastbound lane

Sedgwick County

K-96 from Sedgwick/Reno county line on K-96 east to Ridge Road only eastbound lane

K-254 from K-254/I-135 north junction east to Sedgwick /Butler county line both eastbound and westbound lanes

K-42 from I-235 to 119th Street both eastbound and westbound lanes

The testing crew will be using a lane closure operation to control traffic through the pavement test sections in Butler, Reno and Sedgwick counties during daylight hours only. The outside lane will be closed while testing is performed. The inside lane will remain open. KDOT urges drivers to be alert, pay attention to all work zone warning signs, slow down when approaching a work zone and be prepared to stop.

For more information about T-WORKS projects and funding visit the website, www.ksdot.org/tworks. Highway construction project locations and road condition information can be viewed at the http://511.ksdot.org website, or can also be accessed by telephone by dialing 511.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. Persons with questions about this road work or other KDOT projects can call South Central Kansas Public Affairs Manager, Zach Oswald, at 620-663-3361 or call 5-1-1 from any phone in Kansas or 1-866-511-5368 if unable to access 5-1-1.