Archive for Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Closure of E. Lawrence interchange delayed to 2010

The end could be in sight for some local construction. Work at the turnpike's West Lawrence interchange is expected to be finished sometime this month.

November 12, 2008


Rebuilding to come

Rex Fleming, project engineer, discusses plans for the interchange at exit 204. Enlarge video

Exit 202 to open early

Exit 202 on the Kansas Turnpike is poised to reopen to all traffic by Thanksgiving, a month earlier than expected.

The exit - known as the West Lawrence interchange - has been only half operational since April. That's when crews closed ramps on the northern side of the turnpike: for traffic heading into Lawrence from the Kansas City area, and for traffic leaving the city toward Topeka.

Work had been expected to last for six months, but contractors - including Hamm Construction Co. Inc. of Perry - have been on task, said Rex Fleming, the turnpike's project engineer.

"They've been able to get it knocked out in good shape," Fleming said.

Drivers who enter the Kansas Turnpike using the East Lawrence interchange in North Lawrence will just have to wait to have their travel plans rerouted.

Plans to close the interchange at exit 204 for reconstruction - initially anticipated to start by the end of this year - have been pushed back to the late spring or early summer 2010, said Rex Fleming, project engineer. That's to give crews time to focus on finishing a new turnpike bridge nearby, across the Kansas River.

All turnpike traffic then will be diverted onto the new bridge, a consideration for contractors as they work to build new ramps, erect new toll booths and generally create a new plaza along the southern side of the turnpike.

"It's just safer for everybody," Fleming said.

The new interchange is part of a larger, $130 million project that includes replacing the turnpike's Kansas River bridges. The overall project - which includes the soon-to-open upgrades at the West Lawrence interchange, plus construction of several other, smaller bridges - remains on schedule to be finished by the end of 2011, Fleming said.


Write2Know 9 years, 6 months ago

I wonder if that will push back the city's plan to redo the intersection at North 2nd and Locust?

Jack Hope III 9 years, 6 months ago

"I wonder if that will push back the city's plan to redo the intersection at North 2nd and Locust?" -- Write2KnowMy thought exactly. I really don't care much about the traffic in the intersection, though it will be a convenience. I am much more interested in the drainage pipes they plan to install during the intersection upgrade. There are two nice pumps (one new and one rebuilt) in place to keep the water draining below the railroad bridge, but the pipes are too small to handle the amount of water the pumps can move. I hope the Locust and 2nd rebuild gets rescheduled to be sooner rather than later. Can they start next week?

bearded_gnome 9 years, 6 months ago

W2K,you bet that pushes back the 2nd and locust rebuild! heck, if one pedestrian bridge over the kaw gets too much dirt on it, that'd push back the 2nd and locust repair. if the grain elevator increased its grain store, that'd push back the rebuild! if Woodlawn school serves muffins for lunch, that pushes back the rebuild! just the writer of the article didn't mention it, I guess because it is so obvious. oops, my wife sneezed ... you guessed it, the rebuild is delayed. ***retard-fest k10 LOL!

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