Archive for Sunday, May 11, 2008

Bridge to close for painting

May 11, 2008


— The Kansas River bridge at Lecompton will be shut down to one lane starting Monday so it can be painted.

The painting project, which includes the removal of rust, could last until Aug. 15.

The work is being handled by Vimas Painting of Campbell, Ohio, at a cost of $836,000.

The firm began setting up equipment this week. One lane will be closed because some of the equipment and machinery will be left on the bridge.

"They're putting temporary traffic signals at each end of the bridge to control the traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Terese Gorman, engineering manager with the Douglas County Public Works Department.

A lane will be closed and the traffic signals activated by 7 a.m. Monday, Gorman said.

Last year, both lanes on the bridge were closed for several months while its deck was rebuilt. The closing caused difficulties for the Perry-Lecompton school district.

Closing it to one lane this time isn't expected to cause problems, Superintendent Dennis Yoder said.

"We anticipate it is going to be pretty much business as usual," he said. "We'll be contacting parents to let them know - at least on the Lecompton side - that they might expect their children to becoming home 5 or 10 minutes late."

The traffic signals will have a cycle of 2 minutes, Gorman said.

The project's cost will be split between Douglas and Jefferson counties. Douglas County will pay 89 percent and Jefferson County will pay 11 percent.


Bowhunter99 5 years, 11 months ago

Was Campbell OH the closest town w/ qualified painters?I find it hard to believe that we'll have several out of town crews painting (as in added cost for room and board, etc) and it's still cheaper than hiring local....


hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 11 months ago

This is how Douglas county operates and the state of Kansas. AFter all, Kansas is the home to mental hospitals for a good reason.


Grump 5 years, 11 months ago

This is insane. As KS notes above, why wasn't this done when it was closed for so long?


Haiku_Cuckoo 5 years, 11 months ago

Now you have to cut it to one lane to paint it!What a waste - gas at almost $4.00 a gallon and you have autos and trucks sitting out there unnecessarily!============Right. Painting it is a wasted of time. Just let it sit exposed to the elements so that it rusts away in a few years. To some, that would be a better idea.


OnlyTheOne 5 years, 11 months ago

WHAT?!How long was this bridge closed for repair? Now you have to cut it to one lane to paint it!What a waste - gas at almost $4.00 a gallon and you have autos and trucks sitting out there unnecessarily!


KS 5 years, 11 months ago

Could someone please explain why this wasn't done while the bridge was being rebuilt? Those poor folks of Perry/Lecompton.


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