Archive for Friday, November 21, 2008

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

Puff_Dragon 6 years, 8 months ago

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

Deja Coffin 6 years, 8 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.

indostruct 6 years, 8 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.

bsimms 6 years, 8 months ago

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

jayhawkbarrister 6 years, 8 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.

bsimms 6 years, 8 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.

lawrenceishome 6 years, 8 months ago

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

Thinking_Out_Loud 6 years, 8 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.

zzgoeb 6 years, 8 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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