Archive for Thursday, July 31, 2008

More of 19th Street closed for improvement projects

Re-paving work will shut down a portion of 19th Street on Friday. The street will close from Tennessee to Kentucky while crews re-surface the road.

July 31, 2008


Additional portions of 19th Street will be closed to traffic today as construction crews work to complete improvements to the intersection of 19th and Louisiana streets.

Crews today will close 19th Street from Tennessee to Kentucky streets for repaving. The work also will disrupt traffic flow on Tennessee and Kentucky streets. Motorists on those two streets will not be able to cross 19th Street today.

The portion of 19th Street from Ohio to Alabama has been closed to motorists for most of the summer to allow crews to rebuild the intersection and install new turning lanes as well as a more advanced traffic signal.

The repaving work is one of the final steps in rebuilding the intersection. The entire stretch of road is scheduled to be open to traffic next week, barring any weather delays.


Dawn Shew 9 years, 8 months ago

I think it's worth saying that these projects have been undertaken with NO consideration to the people who live on the east side of town. On any given day, there might be only one major road to take a person from east to west lawrence. Detours don't actually lead you anywhere. And the work is going SLOWLY. I guess the money's not on our side of town, so the work is done accordingly-- you would not see work like this being done so haphazardly and slowly on the west side, IMO.

kuhusker 9 years, 8 months ago

This is a GOOD THING.19th street has been a complete hazard for years now...a potholed disaster.It is a pain having it closed this summer, but the end result will be a smooth road that I can actually drive down without having to go into 4WD mode. Patience.

weatherguy48 9 years, 8 months ago

DAMN IT!I take it this is what summer in Lawrence means. You can't drive over the fall/winter/spring months due to the city's population suddenly rising to 110,000+ and clogging the streets; and you can't drive in the summer because there are no streets.And pat, I think your right. I've never seen a westside road totally closed for construction yet, while in the east we lose 19th street, parts of mass, and for awhile we didn't have a stretch of harper. I don't live on the east side, but I work and otherwise spend all of my time there.

gccs14r 9 years, 8 months ago

"It is a pain having it closed this summer, but the end result will be a smooth road that I can actually drive down without having to go into 4WD mode."For about a month, then it'll be cr*ppy again. We need to hire outside paving contractors who don't have a vested interest in doing substandard work.

RKLOG 9 years, 8 months ago

I am complete surrounded by road construction where I live. I can't go any direction anymore without taking a detour.

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