Pavement reconstruction to begin on U.S. 36 in Norton

A project to improve a portion of U.S. 36 in Norton is expected to start Monday, June 12, weather permitting.

Work will include a full-depth pavement reconstruction starting just east of the U.S. 283 junction and ending at the east city limits. New curb, gutter and sidewalks will also be installed. During construction, westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane through the work zone. Eastbound traffic will be detoured via U.S. 283, Main Street and Eagles Road. A 12-foot vehicle width restriction will also be in effect.

The project is scheduled to be completed in October, conditions permitting.

Vogts-Parga Construction of Newton is the primary contractor with a total contract cost of $2.6 million. The project is part of the Kansas Department of Transportation’s City
Connecting Link Improvement Program, which helps cities maintain, repair and improve highway routes that are located within city limits.

For more information, contact Norton city administrator James Moreau at 785-877-5000 or, or KDOT area construction manager Dan Moore at 785-302-
6200 or

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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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