Archive for Friday, July 13, 2007

Massachusetts Street to reopen this afternoon

The road has been limited to one-lane traffic and parking on only side of the street since late May

July 13, 2007


Massachusetts Street is expected to be fully open to motorists and for parking by later this afternoon as construction crews finish a downtown waterline replace project more than a month ahead schedule.

Philip Ciesielski, assistant utilities director for the city, said today that crews are installing the final patches of asphalt on the project that stretches from Ninth Street to 11th Street. He said that means the road should be fully open - barring a rainstorm - by this evening. The road has been limited to one-lane traffic and parking on only side of the street since late May.

"We're feeling really good about how it is all working out," Ciesielski said. "We'll feel a lot better, though, at the end of the day when we see the first cars heading south on Mass."

The project originally was supposed to last through early September, but Ciesielski said work has been progressing at a fast rate. He said part of that was due to the familiarity the construction crews had with the project. This is the third summer that crews with Nowak Construction have been replacing century-old waterlines in the downtown areas.

"They had a really good idea of what to expect and what type of hurdles come up with a project like this," Ciesielski said. "They were really efficient based on their past experience."

The Goddard-based construction company will receive a $1,000 per day incentive for every day the project is completed ahead of schedule. Ciesielski said that payment probably will end up being in the $20,000 to $30,000 range. It will be calculated after all the small details on the project are completed, which is expected to be by the end of next week.


Ragingbear 10 years, 6 months ago

It will then close on the other side of the street tomorrow and remain that way until 2009.

Calliope877 10 years, 6 months ago

I didn't even know it was closed...shows how often I go downtown...

Confrontation 10 years, 6 months ago

Hurry! Race down there and buy your overpriced merchandise just so you can be seen carrying a fancy bag! If you get there fast enough, you may just be able to hand a few dollars to a beggar and be licked by someone's disgusting dog.

lawrencechick 10 years, 6 months ago

That is if they could just remove the 3-4 homeless twenty-somethings on every corner I might start shopping there again.

Weezy_Jefferson 10 years, 6 months ago

Paisano's isn't downtown; it's off of south Iowa Street by the old Food 4 Less building.

But speaking of downtown eateries, I highly recommend Ingredient.

Centrist 10 years, 6 months ago

Not to knock the project or anything, but ....

10 to 1 the road is still bumpy as hell all the way down Mass. St, the "jewel" of Lawrence.

I'm just sayin' .. iffin ya gunna rip up the street, when ya fill 'er in, make it a propa job!

I drove down the "open" side this morning and it still felt like 19th st ...

So why not keep it closed for a few more days, and recoat the road??

fletch 10 years, 6 months ago

"So why not keep it closed for a few more days, and recoat the road??" Because the next phase will just eat it up again with heavy equipment. Best to finish all the stages and do all of downtown at once in stages over the course of a week or two.

samsnewplace 10 years, 6 months ago

Thank goodness as trying to go northbound at 5pm has been the pits! Relief in site is very nice.

Roadkill_Rob 10 years, 6 months ago

You downtown haters really have no clue. Mass St. is the ONLY vibrant downtown in Kansas and one of the few in all of the midwest.

I'm not sure what you expect in a downtown...maybe some abandoned storefronts, a Pizza Hut, and a single pool hall is your idea of a good downtown which is what I find in every other Kansas town.

I prefer unique shops, variety of restaurants, and bars with live music on every block. I was just downtown and in the middle of a summer day, there were all kinds of people walking around and shopping...pretty impressive for a hot summer weekday.

I'm also impressed that the construction was done so quickly this summer. But, if all you want to focus on are the negatives, then I feel sorry for your pathetic existence.

pelliott 10 years, 6 months ago

This is great, The mad greek is one of my favorite places, the other is miltons.

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