Lawrence city commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday got a sneak peek at what will be a major traffic headache on 23rd Street.
Leaders with the Kansas Department of Transportation updated city commissioners on a plan to rebuild the 23rd Street bridge near Haskell Indian Nations University.
The construction project will require all traffic to detour off 23rd Street and use a pair of temporary roads that will be built on both sides of the bridge.
But commissioners were told that construction on the project likely will not begin until at least 2012 because the project is still seeking funding.
Commissioners directed city staff members to send a letter to KDOT asking for some specific design changes to the bridge — such as decorative lighting and wrought iron railings — that will make it more attractive.