(MANHATTAN, KS – November 21, 2019) Phase II of the North Manhattan Avenue project is complete and the roadway will reopen to through traffic by 5:00 p.m. today. The City of Manhattan and Amino Brothers Construction appreciate your patience during construction.
This phase of the project included widening the existing road from two to four lanes, relocating utilities, installing storm sewer and underdrain seepage upgrades, as well as relocating and lowering the Bakers Way intersection to increase sight distance and safety. Pedestrian trail work and lighting will be completed before the end of the year, but will not require additional road closures.
“This project faced some significant delays largely due to the amount of rain this year,” said City Engineer Brian Johnson. “Several active springs were present in the embankment and it became necessary to install underdrains and blanket drains to make the subgrade suitable for construction. Even though the delays were inconvenient, it was important to take the extra measures and make sure the project was done right the first time.”
Phase III of the project will begin in summer of 2020 and will continue the expansion of North Manhattan Avenue from Bakers Way to Claflin Road. This final phase will widen the roadway from two to four lanes and install new traffic signals at Claflin Road and North Manhattan Avenue.
Information about active and upcoming projects is available through the Active Projects Map on the City of Manhattan website cityofmhk.com.