With the new year comes a new approach for eastbound traffic coming into Lawrence on the Kansas Turnpike.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority on Monday plans to open its new ramp at exit 204 — that’s the East Lawrence interchange, which empties onto North Third Street in North Lawrence.
Crews are closing the existing ramp to allow for construction of a new bridge, part of a larger $130 million package of turnpike work that is scheduled to last through the end of 2011.
Drivers using the new ramp will need to stop at a stop sign at the end of the ramp, then head toward the toll plaza by turning left across oncoming traffic — traffic that is leaving Lawrence for Lecompton, Topeka or other points to the west or south.
Turnpike officials are urging care when driving on the ramp.
Here is a rundown of other projects expected to cause detours or potential driving delays in the region, as reported by government and agency officials:
• Ongoing construction of The Oread, a mixed-use and hotel project, limits traffic immediately north of the Kansas University campus, and these 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 south; and Oread Avenue, restricted to local traffic only from 12th to 13th streets.
• Pavement-patching work is expected to cause intermittent lane closures along Interstate 435 in Johnson County. The closures are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day through Wednesday between Interstate 35 and State Line Road.
Kansas Highway 7
• Construction of a new interchange in Wyandotte County for Kansas Highway 7 at U.S. Highways 24-40 has closed all ramps at the interchange, and has limited traffic heading north and south to one lane in each direction along K-7, from 130th Street to Parallel Parkway.
Traffic heading east and west also has been squeezed to one lane in each direction along U.S. 24-40, from 130th to 142nd streets.