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Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2009

Crews to attempt to reopen East 1500 Road

February 12, 2009

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Drivers looking to avoid the intermittent delays to be triggered by installation of bridge beams across North Third Street — a project expected to start as early as 8:30 a.m. Friday, but could be delayed until early next week, depending on weather — soon could have an alternate route.

Today, crews from Hamm Cos. will try to reopen East 1500 Road, which runs north-south between U.S. Highway 24-40 north of the turnpike and North Street in North Lawrence. A section of the road has been damaged since summer, and Hamm intends to place gravel over the stretch, in hopes of making it passable.

If the work isn’t possible — the road’s base could be too wet to support the gravel and the weight of traffic — the road will remain closed, said Keith Browning, director of public works for Douglas County.

“If we can’t get it passable, people will just have to endure the short-term stoppage of traffic for the bridge work,” Browning said.

Going another mile east, to East 1600 Road, would defeat the purpose of avoiding North Third Street, he said. That’s because using that unofficial detour would take longer than the 10 minutes expected for each temporary closure of North Third Street.

Comments

Charlie Sabotage 5 years, 2 months ago

it takes ten minutes if you go by the city's standard of time. these fifteen minute delays will most likely take much longer than they say.

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fatheadff 5 years, 2 months ago

So Browning you are trying to tell me that taking E1600 over to Locust is a 10 minute detour. Whatever, and you head up what department.

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