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Wheel Genius: Road work planned for this week

October 18, 2009

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Lawrence

• As early as Wednesday, crews along the Kansas Turnpike could begin steering drivers onto a new bridge crossing the Kansas River at the northern edge of Lawrence. First, traffic heading west on the turnpike will be directed onto the new bridge; a week later, traffic heading east also will be expected to be using the new bridge. Once traffic is on the bridge, crews will begin dismantling the two remaining bridges — each more than 50 years old — to prepare for removal by blasting, expected by the end of the year. A second new bridge would go in their place. Advises Rachel Bell, a turnpike spokeswoman: “During these changes and throughout the project, please obey all posted traffic signs and watch for construction personnel.”

• Crews from Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline are conducting inspection and, if necessary, repair work along an underground natural gas line along the west side of Monterey Way, south of Sixth Street. Late last week, work had closed a lane of traffic just south of Sixth. Work will be expected to continue through the week.

• Reconstruction of the intersection of North Second and Locust streets has closed both lanes of North Second heading north through the intersection, and one lane heading south. Northbound vehicles follow a detour including Elm, North Third, Locust and — crossing the Union Pacific Railroad tracks — Lyon streets. The restrictions are expected to last into late November or December.

• Drivers may face slow traffic periods as construction continues for a new U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Ottawa.

Douglas County

• North 100 Road is closed between Douglas County Road 1023 and East 300 Road for drainage improvements.

• Douglas County Road 438, also known as the Farmers’ Turnpike, is closed for reconstruction from South Lawrence Trafficway to County Road 1029. A detour is available using the trafficway, U.S. Highway 40 and County Road 1029. The project is scheduled for completion by Thanksgiving.

• Traffic remains reduced to one lane on two bridges along Douglas County Road 458, at the southwest edge of Clinton Lake: the Wakarusa River Bridge and the Rock Creek Bridge.

Kansas Highway 10

• Drivers westbound on Kansas Highway 10 continue to be limited to one lane crossing a bridge over the Wakarusa River, about two miles west of Eudora. The bridge is being repaired. The lane limitation and a speed limit of 60 mph are expected to last into mid-November.

U.S. Highway 24

• The left lanes for traffic heading in both directions along U.S. Highway 24 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays between Rochester Road and Kansas Avenue in Shawnee County, for entrance repair work. The work is to be finished Friday.

• During weekday daylight hours, traffic on U.S. Highway 24 in Shawnee County is limited to one lane in each direction over the bridge that spans Union Pacific Railroad tracks 1.56 miles east of Topeka Boulevard, for a repair project expected to continue through mid-December.

Interstate 70

• Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday, several ramps in Wyandotte County will be reduced to one lane of traffic as crews conduct pavement-marking work. Work on the ramps — from northbound Interstate 435 to eastbound Interstate 70; from eastbound I-70 to northbound I-435; from State Avenue to eastbound I-70; and from southbound I-435 to eastbound I-70 — will be expected to be finished Friday.

Interstate 635

• Pavement-marking work is set to begin Monday morning along Interstate 635, from Georgia Avenue to the Missouri River Bridge in Wyandotte County. Project work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturdays. Only one lane will be closed during rush-house commutes, from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. The project is set to be done in mid-November.

Interstate 35

• The left lane for traffic heading south on Interstate 35 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at 95th Street in Johnson County, for removal of a median wall.

Interstate 435

• The right lane for traffic heading west on Interstate 435 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, from Interstate 35 to Kansas Highway 10, for crack-sealing work.

U.S. Highway 69

• A stretch of U.S. Highway 69 — the 18th Street Expressway in Wyandotte County — is set to have traffic reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge painting, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through March.

Johnson County

• The 95th Street bridge spanning Interstate 435 is to be closed for a repair project until Nov. 18. Drivers heading east on 95th are detoured via Renner Boulevard to 87th Street to Lackman Road; drivers going west on 95th are detoured via northbound I-435 to 87th Street to southbound I-435 to Renner Boulevard.

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