A highway resurfacing project on K-68 east of Ottawa, slated to start next week, is expected to create delays of up to 15 minutes for motorists.

The road work will begin at Nevada Terrace, east of Walmart Logistics distribution center, and continue east for 6 ½ miles to the junction of K-68 and K-33, the Kansas Department of Transportation said in a news release Tuesday.

The project includes crack sealing, a 2-inch asphalt overlay with ultra-thin bonded asphalt surfacing, side entrance overlays, new pavement markings, and center-line rumble strips, according to the release. A pilot car and flaggers will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone, with delays of 15 minutes or less during daylight hours Monday through Friday, the release said. The work should be completed by the end of September, weather permitting, KDOT said.

KDOT awarded the $2.5 million construction contract to Hamm Inc. of Perry. Troy Howard, construction engineer at the KDOT Garnett office, reminds drivers to watch for the signs and flaggers, and slow down at the work zone.

When finished, the project will tie into a recently resurfaced section of K-68 that stretches from the U.S. 169 interchange north of Paola to K-33. That work was completed in July.

Persons with questions may contact Howard at (785) 448-5446, or Priscilla Petersen, KDOT Southeast District public affairs manager, at (620) 902-6433.