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April 28, 1999


The city's annual overlay and curb repair program will repave 35 streets at a cost of $1.25 million.

Be on the lookout for orange barrels, detour signs and asphalt spreaders.

Paving crews may be coming to a city street, parking lot or airport terminal near you.

Tuesday night, Lawrence city commissioners agreed to hire LRM Industries, for $665,097, to handle the second phase of the city's annual overlay and curb repair program. Crews will scrape up deteriorating road surfaces and put down 6,034 tons of fresh asphaltic pavement at 19 locations across town.

The program's second phase, confined mostly to residential streets, is expected to start in early June and last into September, said Steve Glass, LRM president.

The program's first phase -- typically involving busier streets -- is scheduled to start the week of May 10, and cost the city $584,554.

Bottom line: Drivers can expect to face lane closures, detours and general road inconveniences for months to come.

"That's for our own workers' safety and for the safety of the public when we're paving," Glass said.

Among the biggest repaving projects set for this spring and summer:

  • 27th Street, from Iowa to Louisiana streets, and from Lawrence to Atchison avenues.
  • Connecticut Street, from Seventh to 15th Street.
  • Trail Road, from Monterey Way to Lawrence Avenue.

Also scheduled: Repaving of the city parking lot alongside the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.; and resurfacing of a paved area south of the terminal at Lawrence Municipal Airport.

Some projects will include repair or replacement of curbs, as well as new lane markings.

Residents and businesses on streets scheduled for repaving will receive notices in the mail outlining the upcoming work.

Crews also will place hang tags on doors a few days before actual work begins, reminding people not to park on the street when milling machines and pavement spreaders are lined up to roll through.

"People will still have access to the streets in front of their houses, but there may be a day or two that they may not be able to get in or out of their driveways, depending on the circumstances," Glass said.

-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is

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