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Turnpike boss to follow blast at LJWorld.com

The Kansas Turnpike's original Kansas River bridges will be blasted as part of a $130 million reconstruction project.

The Kansas Turnpike's original Kansas River bridges will be blasted as part of a $130 million reconstruction project.

November 13, 2009

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Count Michael Johnston, president and CEO of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, as among those who will be following Sunday’s scheduled turnpike bridge blast online at LJWorld.com.

The explosive charges — expected to go off at 12:30 p.m. Sunday — will drop a 250-ton section of an original steel bridge structure over the Kansas River onto a temporary sandbar.

While spectators will be kept 1,000 feet from the site, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to watch at LJWorld.com, where streaming video will be shown live.

Johnston plans to join the online crowd from out of town, as he monitors communications from officials on the scene.

“I’ll call it up,” Johnston said.

The blast is the first of several planned along the turnpike’s original Kansas River bridges, now 55 years old.

Wet weather could delay Sunday’s blast, officials said, but only until pavement had a chance to dry out.

Comments

james bush 5 years, 1 month ago

"Count Michael Johnston".......is this meant to be a cynical remark or title? If so, what's the beef, LJW?

james bush 5 years, 1 month ago

Or, was the sentence incorrectly presented......."...as among..." vs "is among."

james bush 5 years, 1 month ago

Now that I think about it, it's the latter I'm pretty sure. I know Mike and he's a good guy.

maybeso 5 years, 1 month ago

Can we get on the levee upstream from the North 2nd bridge? Or am I thinking of the wrong turnpike bridge?

Jonathan Kealing 5 years, 1 month ago

maybeso-- No access to the levee will be allowed. Burcham Park is about the only public property where the blast will be visible.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

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