A project to replace three bridges on K-196 between the cities of Potwin and Whitewater in Butler County is complete, allowing the Kansas Department of Transportation to reopen this portion of the state highway.


The bridges are located between Northwest Diamond Road/K-196 Intersection and Northwest Tawakoni Road/K-196 between the City of Potwin and the City of Whitewater. They serve about 2,000 drivers daily. These three new bridges provide 10-foot-wide shoulders to each lane, replacing structures with no shoulder room.


K-196 closed in February from I-135 in Harvey County to K-254 in Butler County. King Construction Company Inc. of Hesston was the primary contractor for the $2,726,000 project, which upgraded/replaced Dry Creek Bridge, Whitewater River Bridge and Diamond Creek Bridge.


The project was funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature.