RICE COUNTY –
A portion of 18th Street east of Sterling is expected to be closed for several hours on Wednesday, May 18, as part of ongoing work on the K-14 realignment. The part being closed is on 18th Street between Avenue V and Avenue U, in Rice County. The closure is expected to be from around 7 a.m. that Wednesday until in the afternoon. The temporary closing will allow workers to remove a collapsed pipe.
Background: This Kansas Department of Transportation realignment project started in the spring of 2021. This is a 15-mile, $81.7 million realignment of K-14. The work stretches from Hutchinson, to Nickerson, to Sterling. The project is expected to be completed by June 16, 2023. Bob Bergkamp Construction Co. Inc., of Wichita, is the primary contractor.
During the work, traffic will continue to use the existing K-14/96 alignment in Reno and Rice counties.
The Reno County portion of the realignment will be from about 4.5 miles southeast of Nickerson northwest to the Reno/Rice county line. The length is a little over 7 miles. The Rice County portion of the realignment will be from the Reno/Rice county line to just north of the K-96/Avenue T junction.
The length is about 8 miles.