Resurfacing to begin Monday in Jewell and Republic counties

Beginning Monday, Sept. 25, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing U.S. 36 in Jewell County and K-199 in Republic County.

Work on U.S. 36 will begin at the east city limits of Mankato and continue east about 8.9 miles to 4.6 miles east of the U.S. 36/K-14 North junction in Jewell County. Work on K-199 will begin at the north city limits of Courtland and continue north about .8 mile to the K-199/U.S. 36 junction in Republic County.

Flaggers and a pilot car will be used to direct one lane of traffic through construction at a reduced speed. Drivers should be prepared for a delay of up to 15 minutes.

Hall Brothers Inc. of Marysville is the prime contractor for the two projects totaling $3.2 million. They have scheduled work for both projects to be completed in late November, weather permitting.

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert and obey the warning signs when approaching and driving through a highway work zone. To stay aware of all road construction projects across Kansas, go to or call 5-1-1.

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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