Archive for Wednesday, June 18, 2008

23rd Street bridge

Tonight, plans to replace a busy bridge in Lawrence are in the works. With the construction of two new turnpike bridges over the Kansas River already underway, attention is now turning to the 23rd Street bridge near Haskell Indian Nations University.

June 18, 2008, 12:00 a.m. Updated June 18, 2008, 11:28 a.m.


City commissioners were told Tuesday night that a major bridge replacement may be coming for 23rd Street.

Leaders with the Kansas Department of Transportation told commissioners that the bridge on 23rd Street between Barker and Haskell avenues could be replaced as early as 2010, depending on future funding.

The project would require the state to build a pair of "shoo-fly" detours to allow traffic to get around the construction site. The detours would be short-two lane roads directly north and south of the bridge.

The new bridge also could be significantly lower than the current bridge, which would allow for greater sight distance for motorists. The total project is expected to cost about $1.4 million.

KDOT leaders are hosting a public meeting on the project from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 25 at Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect date for the public meeting.


Richard Heckler 9 years, 11 months ago

Please be sure to provide travel space beneath the bridge. That is vital safe travel space for walkers and cyclists.Thank you for your consideration.

blessed3x 9 years, 11 months ago

mike, have you ever driven through a construction area? Come on. You have to realize that even with the construction of shoo-flies, traffic will slow considerably through this area. Speeds will be reduced, rubber-neckers will be looking at the cool bulldozers, people will slow down due to unfamiliar road conditions and out of sheer consideration for the crews working in the area. To think that traffic will continue on, unhindered is ridiculous. Get over your bad self and lay off MattressMan. He's right. This necessary repair will compound an already out of control problem.

MattressMan 9 years, 11 months ago

People think morning and afternoon traffic on 31st is bad now just wait till this thing begins.

Mike Blur 9 years, 11 months ago

Matressman, did you even read the article? There will be shoo-flies installed. To break it down and hopefully make it easier for you to understand, it'll be similar to taking an off-ramp on a highway and jumping right back on the on-ramp. There would be no incentive for motorists to detour to 31st.

weatherguy48 9 years, 11 months ago

Dear if southeast Lawrence pizza drivers needed any more construction....Harper from 23rd to 24th is closed, 19th from Alabama to Louisiana is closed (this is a killer). Oh well, as long as everything is better in the end.

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