As the work on the US-400 Dodge City Southwest Bypass continues, the Kansas Department of Transportation anticipates closing Marshall Road to through traffic at Ford County Road 107 beginning September 2.  This is necessary so the contractor can begin the construction of a bridge that will eventually carry Marshall Road over the new highway segment.  Marshall Road will remain closed at this location through May 2009.  For now, the intersection of Marshall Road and 107 Road will remain open and Marshall will be open to traffic west of 107 Road. 
    Sporer Land Development, Inc., of Oakley, Kansas, and Adams Construction Company of Arapahoe, Nebraska, will do the dirt work for the new overpass and Reece Construction Company, Inc., of Scandia, Kansas will build the bridge.  J & J Contractors, Inc., of Iola, Kansas, will construct a new box culvert to carry a realigned drainage channel under Marshall Road.
     Work also continues on the bridges over the Arkansas River, US-50 and US-56.  Venture Corporation of Great Bend, Kansas, is the primary contractor for the Southwest Bypass.  The project has a construction cost of approximately $22.1 million.
    The Southwest Bypass is a new segment of US-400, stretching from US-50 on the north to US-56 on the south.  Ford County and Dodge City sought the project as a System Enhancement under the current Comprehensive Transportation Program.
    Recorded updates on the construction of the Southwest Bypass are available by calling 1-877-550-5368, extension 301.  You’re also welcome to call Janet Byrum, Construction Manager, at 620-227-6122 or Kirk Hutchinson, Southwest District Public Affairs Manager, at 620-276-3241.