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Highway to close for heavy cargo cleanup

TOPEKA, Kansas – A long stretch of a Kansas highway will be closed Thursday and Friday so workers can clear up some spilled cargo.

A semi was hauling a 240,000 pound wind turbine tower last Thursday along US-56 between Osage City and Admire.

According to a KDOT spokesperson, the truck slowed and pulled to the side to let some school buses pass. The trailer wheels were on the edge of the road and the weight of the cargo tipped the trailer into the ditch.

No one was hurt, but the trailer and the turbine tower landed upside down in the ditch along the highway.

This week, special cranes that can deal with the weight of the tower are coming in from Oklahoma. Crews will use the cranes to remove the cargo from the ditch.

KDOT says the workers need a 15 mile stretch of US-56 to be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday.

The closure will extend from the K-31/US-56 junction just north of Osage City, to the K-99/US-56 junction just north of Admire.

The work should be completed on Friday, weather permitting.

There will not be a marked detour, but KDOT suggests this detour:

“Take US-56 in Osage County to Burlingame, then west on K-31 to K-99, then back south on K-99 to US-56. Eastbound local traffic can access US-56 from K-31 in Osage County to K-78 in Lyon County; westbound local traffic can access US-56 from the KS Turnpike to K-99 in Lyon County. Drivers must use alternate routes during the road closure.”