Archive for Sunday, August 30, 2009

Wheel genius: Road work planned for this week

August 30, 2009


Among major road projects scheduled this week:


• Replacements of curbs and gutters are expected to spur lane restrictions from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday in the area of 31st Street and Nieder Road.

• Reconstruction of the intersection of North Second and Locust streets has closed both lanes of North Second heading north through the intersection, and one lane heading south. Northbound vehicles must use a detour involving Elm, North Third, Locust and — crossing the Union Pacific railroad tracks — Lyon streets. The restrictions are set to last into late November or early December.

• Drivers may face slow traffic periods as construction continues for a new U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Ottawa.

Douglas County

• Traffic on Douglas County Road 1055 will be restricted to one lane during daylight working hours starting Monday, for repaving work between 31st Street and North 1000 Road, or Wells Overlook Road. Flaggers will direct traffic in the area, and drivers should expect delays. Work is set to continue into mid-October.

• Traffic on Douglas County Road 458 — also known as North 1000 Road, or Wells Overlook Road — will be restricted to one lane during daylight working hours beginning Monday, for repaving work between U.S. Highway 59 and County Road 1055. Flaggers will direct traffic in the area, and drivers should expect delays. Work is expected to continue into mid-October.

• Two bridges on County Road 458, southwest of Clinton Lake, will be limited to one-lane traffic beginning Monday for construction work. The bridges cross the Wakarusa River and Rock Creek arms of the lake. Temporary signals will control traffic on the bridges, and traffic delays could be as long as two minutes on each bridge.

• Douglas County Road 438, also known as the Farmers’ Turnpike, is closed for reconstruction from the South Lawrence Trafficway to County Road 1029, which heads north toward Lecompton. A detour is available using the trafficway, U.S. 40, and County Road 1029. The project is set for completion by Thanksgiving.

Kansas Highway 10

• Drivers westbound on Kansas Highway 10 are limited to one lane crossing a bridge over the Wakarusa River, about two miles west of Eudora. The bridge is being repaired. The lane limitation and a speed limit of 60 mph are set to last into mid-November.

U.S. Highway 24

• Work continues on repaving an 11-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 24, east from the highway’s intersection with U.S. Highway 59 in Williamstown, in Jefferson County, to the Leavenworth County line.

Shawnee County

• Drivers should expect delays and lane closures near the intersection, which is being rebuilt, of 29th Street and Fairlawn Road. Lane closures are expected to last into late November.

Interstate 70

• Traffic heading east on Interstate 70 continues to be limited to one lane from 110th to 75th streets in Wyandotte County, for a pavement-reconstruction project expected to last through late September.

• Several ramps along I-70 in Wyandotte County remain closed for pavement-reconstruction work expected to last into late October. The ramp from northbound Interstate 435 to eastbound I-70 has a marked detour: north to State Avenue, back to southbound I-435, then to eastbound I-70. The ramp from eastbound I-70 to northbound I-435 has a marked detour: east to 78th Street, then back west on I-70 to northbound I-435. The following ramps will limited to one lane: from State Avenue/southbound I-435 to eastbound I-70.

Interstate 35

• Traffic along Interstate 35, from Pflumm to 87th Street in Johnson County, is set to remain limited to one lane in each direction from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, Sunday through Friday, for a pavement-marking project expected to last into the middle of September.

Kansas Highway 7

• A pavement-patching and resurfacing project is limiting traffic to one lane on Kansas Highway 7/U.S. Highway 73, north from the Centennial Bridge in Leavenworth to County Road 14 at Lowemont. Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes, as flaggers coordinate with pilot cars to guide traffic through the project. Much of the work is taking place during daylight hours, although the section from Centennial Bridge to just past Seventh Street in Leavenworth is taking place between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.; work is expected to last into October.


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