As President Obama steers his economic stimulus plan — now an economic “recovery” plan, several transportation officials said — here’s a look at some of the road projects that already are under way and could affect your travel in and around the Lawrence area:
• Work to add turn lanes to provide access into Bauer Farms, a development along the north side of Sixth Street and south of Free State High School, will continue to squeeze traffic in the area. The right lane for traffic headed west on Sixth, from just west of Folks Road to the intersection with Wakarusa Drive, is closed for extension of an existing right-turn lane. Traffic headed north on Wakarusa, from just south of Sixth to a point just south of Overland Drive, also is getting squeezed; a right-turn lane is being added north of Sixth. The work is expected to be completed by the end of February.
• Work to build The Oread, a mixed-use and hotel project, continues to limit traffic at the northern edge of the Kansas University campus. The following restrictions are scheduled to last into spring: 12th Street, closed to westbound traffic from west of Louisiana Street to Indiana Street; Indiana, closed to traffic from 12th to a half block north; and Oread Avenue, restricted to local traffic only from 12th to 13th streets.
• Bridge work is scheduled to squeeze traffic into two open lanes along Interstate 435 at Roe Avenue in Johnson County. The work is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, beginning Monday and lasting until Feb. 23. The Nall Avenue to westbound I-435 exit will remain open, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.
U.S. Highway 69
• Bridge work is scheduled to close the left lanes in both directions along U.S. Highway 69, between 103rd street and I-435 in Johnson County. The closures are set from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.