U.S. 56 Reconstruction Project in Douglas County

Page last updated: June 07, 2024

Project Description

The U.S. 56 Reconstruction Project will enhance safety and travel on the 3.5-mile corridor between Baldwin City and the U.S. 59 interchange in Douglas County. The current roadway design has limited sight distances for passing vehicles, narrow shoulders, and steep slopes off the roadway. Reconstruction efforts will include cutting down the roadway’s profile to increase sight distance and passing opportunities for drivers, widening the shoulders to 10 feet, and flattening slopes next to the roadway. These design efforts will enhance traffic flow and safety for road users along this section of U.S. 56.

Project Location

U.S. 56 in Douglas County Project Location Map

Project Materials

Below are the same materials that were shared at the May 23 open house.

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Project Details

Project Name U.S. 56 Reconstruction Project in Douglas County
Project Number KA-6015-01
Location U.S. 56 in Douglas County beginning at East Junction U.S.56/U.S. 59 ramps then east to 1600 Road (West of Baldwin)

Description Reconstruction efforts will include cutting down the roadway’s profile to increase sight distance and passing opportunities for drivers, widening the shoulders to 10 feet, and flattening slopes next to the roadway.
Length 3.5 miles
Construction Cost Approximately $16.4 million

Who to Contact

Stephen Bass
Project Manager
785-296-3840
Stephen.Bass@ks.gov

Kate Craft
Public Information Officer
785-817-9366
Kate.Craft@ks.gov

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