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Kasold Drive bridge work nears completion

February 1, 2007

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Nearly a year after construction began, the Kasold Drive bridge project over the Kansas Turnpike is slated to be completed this spring.

But don't expect to be able to drive over it. Work on Kasold south to near Peterson Road will continue until it is finished in the fall, said Dena Mezger, Lawrence assistant public works director.

Kasold north of Peterson is being turned into a wide, two-lane street, sometimes called a "super two," Mezger said. It will be expandable to four lanes if needed in the future, she said.

Bridge workers hope to be pouring concrete for the deck of the bridge in about three weeks, Mezger said.

The new bridge will be long enough to span six lanes as the turnpike is widened in the future.

The new bridge is expected to cost $3.2 million, and the road work is costing $4.3 million. The entire road and bridge project is a joint effort involving the city, Douglas County and the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

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Kahn 7 years, 2 months ago

I was wondering why the completion of the bridge over the turnpike and widening of Kasold was not coordinated to be completed at about the same time. The detour around the bridge is quite long, it just seems that the North Kasold road widening was an after thought.

I guess this is consistant with the type of thinking the county has about the Kaw river bridge between Lecompton and Perry.

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conservative 7 years, 2 months ago

Hipper, I believe the city official was commenting on the stretch of Kasold not being open because it is a city project for that portion of the road. Also please note that the article states the project is a joint project for the turnpike, county, and city.

I agree with you on the roundabouts though. haven't driven out that way to look, but unless they've made them larger than the ones they keep dropping into existing streets elsewhere in the city it'll leave people hesitant to enter if someone else is already in the roundabout.

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Godot 7 years, 2 months ago

I was out there a few weeks ago, trying to reach Tillerman Drive. The detour sign at Peterson and Kasold for people who are trying to reach further north on Kasold leads people east to N Iowa, then around the curve past Reuters and on west to meet Kasold, then directs people turn south, again, to the dead end at the closed bridge. who needs roundabouts when we have detours like that?

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hipper_than_hip 7 years, 2 months ago

I forgot to mention how much I'm looking forward to the TWO roundabouts on Kasold between the bridge and Peterson Road.

I believe that two roundabouts in 1/2 mile would be a record for the city; are there any other streets in Lawrence that have two roundabouts within two blocks of each other?

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hipper_than_hip 7 years, 2 months ago

Since this particular bridge belongs to the county, why is the city making comments about it? I'll respectfully ask the JW to contact the county regarding the status of the bridge and it's scheduled completion date.

I've been told by county officials that the earliest it will be open is May, and that's only if we have a warmer-than-normal spring which will allow the contractor to pour the bridge deck.

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