Soon U.S. 169 between Iola and Humboldt will be closed to traffic for as long as 18 months while the highway is rebuilt.
That will create problems for through traffic, but be of lesser concern for those who live and own businesses in Iola, Humboldt and Yates Center.
KDOT has designated the official detour as U.S. 54, Iola to Yates Center, then U.S. 75 to K-39, which ties in with Chanute. A disadvantage for motorists who choose to follow KDOTs recommendation will be having their drives lengthened by about 40 miles.
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