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<I>On K-10, south of the Lecompton interchange, the highway was built only a couple of years ago. Why does it need extensive work already?</I>

In an Aug. 1 story, the Journal-World reported that the Kansas Department of Transportation is putting an asphalt overlay on a nine-mile section of the South Lawrence Trafficway. With the trafficway only 5 years old, the work is coming a little earlier than expected, said Ralph Gripka, district construction engineer with the Kansas Department of Transportation. Typically, KDOT overlays every six to 10 years, he said.

The highway has drawn more truck traffic and thus more wear and tear than had been anticipated, Gripka said.

The project is expected to be completed next month.

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