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Osage County roundabout project underway

Dirt work is now underway as KDOT begins the process of building a roundabout near Lyndon and Osage City.

The roundabout is officially two miles north of Lyndon and seven miles east of Osage City. Once its built by fall of next year, the roundabout will connect U.S. 75 to Kansas Highways 31 and 268.

KDOT decided to use a roundabout instead of a traffic light because of the number of rear-end crashes at the intersection.

The first project is creating a so-called shoe-fly interchange so traffic can get around the work zone. Work on the roundabout itself should begin next spring.

In separate traffic news, KDOT is announcing the reopening of Kansas Highway 268 over an abandoned Missouri Pacific rail crossing. There is still shoulder work left to complete, but spokesperson Kim Qualls says drivers shouldn't see much impact. Work began in August.

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