Road work on the Kansas Turnpike east of Lawrence will last until November.
Commuting from Lawrence to the Kansas City area each day?
If you take the Kansas Turnpike, plan to add a few more minutes to your drive during the next five months.
Thomas Wurdeman, Kansas Turnpike Authority division engineer, said a construction project started Monday on a 5.2-mile stretch of the highway about seven miles east of Lawrence.
Two-way traffic is now running on the two east-bound lanes between mileposts 210.8 and 216 on the turnpike while construction takes place on the two west-bound lanes. The speed limit in the construction zone is 50 mph.
The $6.3 million project, which involves completely replacing the pavement, is expected to be finished by the first part of November, Wurdeman said. The east-bound lanes will be repaved beginning in August, and two-way traffic will be switched to the two west-bound lanes, he said.
Meanwhile, the KTA is also working on a project to widen the parking area at its Lawrence service area, Wurdeman said. The service center is five miles east of the East Lawrence interchange.
The KTA decided to expand parking because at certain times of the day the service area's parking lot is congested with semi-tractor trailers, he said.
The $88,000 project includes widening the parking lot by 100 feet on the north and 100 feet on the south and adding new curbs, gutters and storm sewers.
Construction, which is under way, is expected to be complete by early July, he said.