Archive for Friday, December 11, 2009

Bridge’s eastbound lanes to be blasted

December 11, 2009


Tracking the boom

People around the area have reported hearing today's explosion from considerable distances from the bridge. Did you? Let us know where you were if so, and we'll map the responses to see how far the sound traveled.

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How far could the blast be heard?

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The eastbound lanes of the turnpike’s Kansas River bridge are scheduled to drop into history today.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority is scheduled to use explosives to blast the section of the bridge at 10 a.m. on the northern edge of Lawrence.

It’s part of the major construction project to demolish the 50-year-old bridges and build new ones.

Spectators can observe today’s blast from Burcham Park, or watch live streaming video at

After the explosion, the bridge will fall into the river, and crews will use cranes to remove the debris after the explosion.

Crews also were scheduled to take out most of the old westbound bridge on Tuesday, but that blast has now been delayed to a future date, turnpike officials said Thursday.


Pete_Schweti 8 years, 6 months ago

Maybe they could blow up the new eastbound bridge while they are at it and start over. The lanes are too narrow, the old pavement markings are still visible, making it a little weird in the dark and the road zig zags at ridiculously sharp angles. What were these people thinking?

jackpot 8 years, 6 months ago

Pete: Not to worry when the next bridge goes up that bridge will be for westbound traffic only. That will be three lanes wide and shoulders.

Pete_Schweti 8 years, 6 months ago

I did not get the memo on that. Thanks for the update, jackpot.

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