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Iowa Street bridge to close in December

November 30, 2007

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The Iowa Street bridge over the Kansas Turnpike will close in early December for reconstruction.

The bridge will be closed for about six to eight months while a new bridge is built. The reconstruction is part of the Kansas River bridges and interchange plaza improvement project.

No specific day for the Iowa bridge closing has been set. It will depend on when the currently closed North Michigan Street bridge reopens in early December. These are the only two bridges that carry local traffic in Lawrence that are being reconstructed for the project. A detour route will be posted.

Variable messaging signs have been put in place along the Iowa Street route to alert businesses and motorists that the bridge closing is nearing, said Lisa Callahan, spokeswoman for the Kansas Turnpike Authority.

Comments

Keith 7 years ago

Get ready for big semis down Michigan street. It will also be fun watching them try to get around the new roundabouts on North Kasold.

jonas 7 years ago

So this means anyone living past Peterson will have to go down Peterson to Kasold, and go all the way up to Lakeview and go back around past the Business Center and Budweiser factory to get home, right? Am I thinking of the right bridge?

The_Voice_of_Reason 7 years ago

I'm gonna go one step farther and say it will suck AND blow...

geekin_topekan 7 years ago

No,hopefully the Michigan street bridge will be open before this one closes. I guarantee trucks won't be coming down North Michigan or Kasold.All SHlumberger,Kmart,Packer etcetc heavy truck traffic will be detoured to the K-10 interchange.

ontheotherhand 7 years ago

Pardon my brainfart, gentle readers. Is this the bridge at the West Lawrence exit? If so, does this mean we can still use one side of the turnpike or will the entire turnpike shut down?

Thanks!

craigers 7 years ago

I can't wait to see the semis make the turn where Michigan intersects Riverridge. Glad I don't live in those houses on the corner.

coolmarv 7 years ago

ontheotherhand (Anonymous) says:

Pardon my brainfart, gentle readers. Is this the bridge at the West Lawrence exit? If so, does this mean we can still use one side of the turnpike or will the entire turnpike shut down?

Thanks!

I'm pretty sure they are going to close the tunkpike down for a couple of months.

On a more truthfull note, the contractor working on the Michigan bridge said Michigan bridge would be open before the Iowa bridge closes the week of Dec. 10.

salad 7 years ago

Maybe they could take out the bridge, put in ramps, and let people jump the gap, "Dukes of Hazzard" style! I bet they'd consider it in Missouri...

average 7 years ago

ontheotherhand -

The project you're thinking of will happen in 10 or 12 months. At that point, you will be unable to get to the West Lawrence tollbooth from KC or from that tollbooth to Topeka.

The imminent project is the "North Iowa" bridge, just north and just west of the Hallmark plant. Semis from K-Mart, Purina, Lawrence Paper, Packerware, Reuter, etc generally use this bridge to get to the Turnpike

Keith 7 years ago

Yep, the big flashing signs at the bridge don't say a thing about cars only, they just announce to the world that the Michigan St. bridge is opening and the Iowa St. one is closing. This should be interesting. Even if they route the semis down Peterson, what are they going to do if they can't negotiate a roundabout, climb Kasold to 6th? That's one steep hill for a full loaded truck.

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