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Turnpike ramps to reopen Monday at West Lawrence interchange

This aerial photograph looks southwest across the construction site for upgrades to the West Lawrence interchange, which is exit 202 on the Kansas Turnpike. At the right side of the photo - which is the north end of the site, across a new bridge being built - is the circular foundation for what will be a new roundabout, one designed to handle traffic exiting the turnpike from the east and getting onto the turnpike to go west.

This aerial photograph looks southwest across the construction site for upgrades to the West Lawrence interchange, which is exit 202 on the Kansas Turnpike. At the right side of the photo - which is the north end of the site, across a new bridge being built - is the circular foundation for what will be a new roundabout, one designed to handle traffic exiting the turnpike from the east and getting onto the turnpike to go west.

November 21, 2008

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New turnpike ramps slated to open Monday

Monday afternoon can't arrive soon enough for some drivers using the Kansas Turnpike. Enlarge video

Drivers already energized by falling fuel prices and favorable weather conditions now have something else to look forward to: free-flowing traffic at the Kansas Turnpike’s West Lawrence interchange.

New ramps along the north side of the turnpike — for traffic coming into Lawrence from the east, and for drivers leaving town to head west — are scheduled to open late Monday afternoon at the interchange, which is exit 202 north of the Hallmark Cards plant.

Such access has been shut down since June, as crews embarked on the beginning of a larger $130 million project that will replace bridges across the Kansas River and make other improvements.

Come Monday, the West Lawrence interchange — with a new roundabout in place, a new bridge across the turnpike and new ramps to ease traffic flow — will give drivers a chance to enjoy a restoration of convenience.

“Thanksgiving is a busy time for travelers, and we’re just glad they can get back to a normal routine,” said Rex Fleming, project engineer for the Kansas Turnpike Authority. “And I am very thankful to have this open. Now I can go on my vacation for Thanksgiving and eat that meal and enjoy it.”

The affected sections of the interchange are reopening three weeks ahead of schedule, he said, thanks to diligent work by the project’s contractors: Perry-based Hamm Cos. Inc., the project’s lead contractor, plus Graybeal Construction on concrete, Atlas Electric on lights and related wiring, Cohron for the bridge and the authority’s own crews on lane markings.

“They’ve been working hard,” Fleming said. “Yesterday we had four different contractors out here, working on top of each other to get things done.”

Comments

beobachter 5 years, 5 months ago

zzgoeb, there were never any 4 way stops or signals at that exit. Why did KTA feel it necessary to make the exit less safe? And then ask the city or KU to provide landscaping? Seems like a group of incompetent engineers screwing around and trying their hare brained ideas.And no, they don't save construction costs.

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zzgoeb 5 years, 5 months ago

Roundabouts are statistically proven to be much safer than standard four-way stops or signals...check England and the rest of the world! Also to the whiners on these boards, they save BIG bucks on construction costs, thus tax dollars! If you are a greedhead in a Mega Z Four SUV talking on your Bluetooth, then yes the roundabouts can be challenging

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Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 5 months ago

logrithmic's conclusions proceed from false premises. Indeed, not only is KTA not taxypayer supported; it returns $20M/year to State of Kansas coffers. Refer to the question "Is tax money used for...the Turnpike?" at http://ksturnpike.com/ktaabout.shtml.

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lawrenceishome 5 years, 5 months ago

West Lawrence exit being closed wasn't a pain in the butt at all...(sarcasm)

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bsimms 5 years, 5 months ago

Log, your argument was that this continues the sprawl. They have not added a new highway, simply made the current one safer and more capable.Then your ridiculous argument was this road would pull tax dollars from the handicapped; a point which is totally unfounded, ridiculous, and unsupported by any facts especially since this project did not use tax dollars.Improving infrastructure is one of the few core reasons government exists.

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logrithmic 5 years, 5 months ago

Your disingenous BS is quite striking. Since when do the "users" determine the need for the highway? User fees are taxes - raised by the state - regardless of whether it is directed to the item of use. No one would make such a stupid argument to suggest that fees to enter parks or hunt were not taxes. Why then exempt fees to drive on roads? And to my point - what's the difference - the public input is shunted aside in favor of trucking interests. Soft fascism is what Paul calls it. Corporatism. It governs all of us. Even a douchebag in denial....See a counselor my friend. You're delusional.

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jayhawkbarrister 5 years, 5 months ago

Logi, your fact avoidance syndrome is really acting up today. Take your pills and chill. KTA is funded by the tolls, In other words, if you use it, you pay for it. If you think the toll road is bad, bad, bad, then drive to Wichita, KC, Topeka, wheree'er you wish to go, by some alternate route.And for those who expect a bad accident, review Sir Isaac Newton's principles and then explain how the forces in action will create a bad accident. The design of a roundabout eliminates T-Bone and Head-on collisions. Most accidents in a roundabout are either the result of changing lanes within the roundabout (which does not happen, because Lawrence does not have any multi-lane roundabouts) or rear-enders because some fool entering the roundabout did not enter when it was clear to do so or did not slow down because traffic ahead of him/her attempting to enter the roundabout did not have the right of way.Remember in a roundabout, the traffic in the roundabout has the right of way.

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bsimms 5 years, 5 months ago

Logrithmic: KDOT is taxpayer funded, KTA is NOT which kind of kills your argument.

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logrithmic 5 years, 5 months ago

KDOT, KTA - what's the difference? All taxpayer ripoffs to fund some developturd's wet dream of infinite growth on the prarie. Yeehaw!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 5 months ago

They could if they called Ty Penniington!

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indostruct 5 years, 5 months ago

Dejacrew lets get your story together, the road between Eudora and Tonganoxie (222nd Street) is to open in the fall of 2009. I do not believe they can rebuild 6 miles of roadway in a couple of months.

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Deja Coffin 5 years, 5 months ago

What about the road between Eudora and Tonganoxie? That was supposed to be done in August. Does anyone know when that new turnpike exit will be done so I can drive to Eudora without taking a 15 minute detour? I don't even know the name of the road, I just know it's between Eudora and Tonganoxie, maybe County Road 1 or 2 or something.

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Puff_Dragon 5 years, 5 months ago

KDOT has nothing to do with this. It's a KTA project.

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Larry_The_Moocher 5 years, 5 months ago

Logrithmic.... you really need to get a life.

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logrithmic 5 years, 5 months ago

Ah, KDOT. Always spending our tax dollars and making the rightwing happy. After all, you employ them to pave and concrete these right of ways. You support continued growth (sprawl) because it directly benefits you. And best of all, you get to take it from the handicapped in our society:http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2008/nov/20/kansans-disabilities-fear-budget-cuts/God bless the rightwing!

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jackpot 5 years, 5 months ago

I'll let you know it's my backyard.

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beobachter 5 years, 5 months ago

Any bets first bad accident there within 24 hours?

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