What's the best way to finish a road construction project? Ahead of schedule.
Congratulations to the firm that did resurfacing work on the downtown Kansas River bridges.
Workers for PCI Inc., of St. Michael, Minn., have accomplished a feat that seemingly has become almost impossible in the construction world: they completed a contract not just on time, but more than a week ahead of schedule.
The opening of the bridges gives local residents hope that they may once again be able to drive through downtown Lawrence unimpeded by orange barrels and "road closed" signs. The sewer replacement project on Ninth Street isn't expected to be done until next month, but city officials are predicting that the Ninth and Massachusetts intersection will reopen by the end of the week.
Painting and repairs to pedestrian railings near the railroad underpass just north of the Kansas River bridges will cause some lane closings for several weeks, but we may be seeing the light at the end of the summer road construction tunnel.
It's none too soon for downtown merchants and frazzled motorists. If only more contractors would match the PCI example of getting projects done ahead of schedule.