Archive for Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Meeting to discuss Kansas River bridge

June 20, 2006


Area residents will meet tonight to discuss the consequences of renovating the Kansas River bridge here in 2007.

City Councilman Bruce Liese called the meeting, which will be at 7 p.m. in the Lecompton Community Building.

At a similar meeting last year with Douglas County commissioners, virtually all the residents attending said they wanted one lane of the bridge to stay open during the work. Liese said he wanted to give people one more chance to speak out. County commissioners are not scheduled to attend.

On June 28, county commissioners from Douglas and Jefferson counties will meet to discuss the project. The counties will split the estimated $4 million project cost based on their respective property valuations.

The bridge work would take little more than four months to complete, if the bridge is completely closed. That would cut the cost by about $600,000. But residents say the bridge is the key link between the Lecompton and Perry communities, businesses and the Lecompton-Perry school district. Keeping a lane open would extend the renovation to about 10 months.


b_asinbeer 11 years, 11 months ago

and we are fixing this bridge and not the rest of our pot-hole-filled-streets because....????

tweetybird2 11 years, 11 months ago

They are fixing the bridge because it has not had any major work done to it in years. I have lived in Lecompton for 25 years. I have never seen any major work done to it. It is cheaper to fix it than to let it go and have to build a new one. There are many reasons why the bridge needs to have one lane open. One of our family members lives in Lecompton. Works in Topeka and her day care is in Perry. Figure that one out with today's gas prices! The safety of our kids going to school is the most important reason. Many of our school kids drive to school and to school activites. The roads they would be driving on are not the best. 24hwy between Lawrence and Perry is a very dangerous road. Our kids from 5th grade on up go to school in Perry. Please consider the safety of our kids!

hipper_than_hip 11 years, 11 months ago

It's a county bridge, and has nothing to do with the city.

hipper_than_hip 11 years, 11 months ago

JF and DG county should send the repair bill to Hamm's.

grimpeur 11 years, 11 months ago

24 Hwy? Dangerous? It's almost perfectly straight and flat, except for Midland and the 90-degree turns at Phillips Rd. Granted, the DRIVERS suck a mile of hose, but they're on all our roads, and they're no dumber on 24 than anywhere else. 24 is even safer west of the lake.

If 24 is dangerous, I don't know of any safe roads in either county. This is not to say that one lane the bridge shouldn't remain open, but let's not get carried away or lose sight of what's truly dangerous on our roads. Hint: it usually ain't the roads themselves.

Closing the bridge during summer would alleviate some of the issues with Lecompton school kids driving 3 miles to Perry for school (and I assume this to be the plan), but of course there are other road users who would be inconvenienced. But total closure should not be an issue for Lecompton or Perry residents traveling to Lawrence, KC or Topeka. Perfectly safe alternate routes exist that don't require the bridge.

My suggestion--ferry and bus service for school kids.

frowns 11 years, 11 months ago

:.But total closure should not be an issue for Lecompton or Perry residents traveling to Lawrence, KC or Topeka. Perfectly safe alternate routes exist that don't require the bridge: Highway 40 leads area in accidents At least 16 deaths recorded in last decade west of city By Mike Belt (Contact) Tuesday, May 2, 2006 There were at least 16 deaths from 1996 through 2005 on U.S. 40 from Lawrence to the Kansas Highway 4 interchange at the east edge of Topeka, according to state statistics. There were 405 people injured on the highway during that time. There was, however, one more fatal accident on the highway in December that was not yet included by KDOT, which would bring the total to 17. There were 10 deaths and 183 injuries on U.S. Highway 24-59 from North Lawrence to Williamstown.

brfts 11 years, 11 months ago

anyone remember the old iron bridge that was there before this one?

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