It's detour time on the South Lawrence Trafficway construction project.
Kansas Department of Transportation officials will open the new trafficway interchange bridge on U.S. Highway 40, which has been built at the intersection of Douglas County Road 13, at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
John Pasley, Douglas County's trafficway project manager, said the time for the bridge opening could change if it rains heavily during the next 24 hours.
When the new five-lane bridge is opened to east-west traffic, KDOT will close the shoo-fly detour that has moved traffic along the south side of the bridge construction site during that yearlong phase of the trafficway's construction. That temporary road will be torn out.
Also at that time, trafficway officials will close County Road 13 from Highway 40 to the proposed 15th Street interchange. Pasley said that section of roadway will be closed for three weeks while County Road 13 is connected to the new Highway 40 bridge.
Wakarusa Drive will be the designated detour for motorists traveling from Highway 40 to Clinton Parkway and the Clinton Lake dam.
King Construction of Hesston is building all the bridges in the first phase of the trafficway.
Hamm Construction of Perry is the general contractor in charge of building the road from the Kansas Turnpike west of Lawrence to U.S. Highway 40. Sherwood Construction of Wichita is building the road on to its intersection with U.S. Highway 59.