Archive for Wednesday, August 5, 2009

KDOT updates city on 23rd St. plan

Plans are in the works to rebuild the 23rd street bridge near Haskell Indian Nations University.

August 5, 2009


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.


BigPrune 8 years, 10 months ago

OMG, KDOT stands for Kansas Department of Transportation. Do you REALLY think they are THAT involved with everything else in the state?

Stuart Evans 8 years, 10 months ago

that was quite a rant logic. I'm all about the conspiracy of government to pen us all like pigs, but I'm pretty sure KDOT had nothing to do with shutting down health departments. talk to your representatives in Topeka about those things.

You do realize that without trucks our economy stops? and that road has been a pain for years. and it's rarely the trucks that are the problem, in fact I hardly ever see a "sprawl-mart truck". it's the 90 year olds doing 50mph, and the 20 year olds doing 70mph, as well as the dozens of road crossings and driveways. It's a dangerous road, and I for one am very happy to see it coming along.

puddleglum 8 years, 10 months ago

trucks are great-thats not what log is pointing out... more like the influence of wal-mart to get highways constructed for their ottawa the 'metro-6 lane highway' between ottawa and lawrence. I see much more traffic going north, out of lawrence, and you might notice that 24/40 is still two lane.

if you think kdot is just concerned with what kind of asphalt to use -you are very naive.

Our spending decisions are very questionable here. cut education-rebuild bridges? It is like building more houses while closing schools. see?

sinverguenza 8 years, 10 months ago

KDOT actually received quite a bit of stimulus money for road projects, but due to the budget crisis, gave up some of that money so the state could use it for other projects.

Not that I agree with most of the projects they waste money on themselves. Hello, pointless roundabout at the west Lawrence entrance to I-70. Stupid.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 10 months ago

well corporate influence on government is nothing new to this country. the logical reason for that is consumerism creates tax dollars. the more taxes that places like Wal-mart create, the more governments want to do what they can to accommodate such businesses. not only do they make tax dollars directly for the gov't, they provide jobs for the people, who in turn add more to the tax bucket. But while doing so, the people are happier because they have jobs and can buy more things.

I understand this cycle, and yes the government will one day get us like the boogeyman they are, but in the meantime, I'm a big fan of the new "metro-6 lane highway" (which is actually only 4 lanes, plus the occasional frontage road that is the current highway).

average 8 years, 10 months ago

Yeah. The Lawrence city commission has installed roundabouts in Topeka, Overland Park, KCK, Junction City, Emporia, Wichita, Hutchinson, Garnett, Paola, Salina, and many other places in the state.

Either that, or they're a common tool in road planning today, statewide and nationwide, and you may as well get used to them.

Danielle Brunin 8 years, 10 months ago

Log- You give KDOT way too much credit! They're really not that organized. I should also point out that projects in most of the state focus on rehab of existing roadways and bridges.

sinverguenza - Actually, the stupid roundabout at the West Lawrence exit is KTA, not KDOT. They're separate entities, which is why road conditions are typically better on the Turnpike than KDOT roads in the winter.

ilovelucy 8 years, 10 months ago

Log: need some Valium? You shouldn't rant so--hard on the heart and arteries!

Richard Heckler 8 years, 10 months ago

Highways and roads are big time pork barrel projects and tax dollar increasers. This bridge probably needs some attention without a doubt.

Danielle Brunin 8 years, 10 months ago

In case anyone's interested, this might be a more effective way of voicing concerns or ideas, and anyone can join:

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