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I-70 Resurfacing Project To Start Next Week

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The Kansas Department of Transportation expects to begin work next week on a project to resurface a 15-mile portion of I-70 in the eastern half of Ellis County.

Project work will consist of a mill and overlay on both the east and westbound lanes of the interstate beginning at exit 159 at Hays and ending at the Russell County line. Traffic will be reduced to one lane at times with lowered speeds through the work zone. Minor delays, not exceeding 5 minutes, should be anticipated. KDOT reminds motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs and “Give ‘em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through work zones.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of December, weather permitting. Venture Corporation is the primary contractor for the project with a total contract cost of $7.8 million.

For more information on the project, contact KDOT area construction engineer Nick Rogers at 785-625-9718 or nick.rogers@ks.gov.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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