Wheel genius: Road work planned for this week
Among major road projects scheduled in the area this coming 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. Vehicles going north are steered onto a detour involving Elm, North Third, Locust and — crossing the Union Pacific railroad tracks — Lyon streets. The restrictions are expected to last into late November or early December.
• Drivers may encounter brief periods of slow traffic as construction continues for a new U.S. Highway 59 between Lawrence and Ottawa.
• Traffic on Douglas County Road 1055 will be restricted to one lane during daylight working hours for repaving work between 31st Street and North 1000 Road, also known as Wells Overlook Road. It’s the same situation along Douglas County Road 458 — also known as North 1000 Road, or Wells Overlook Road — between U.S. Highway 59 and County Road 1055. In both areas, flaggers direct traffic in the area, and drivers should expect delays. Work is expected to continue into mid-October.
• Two bridges on County Road 458, southwest of Clinton Lake, are limited to one-lane traffic for construction work. The bridges cross the Wakarusa River and Rock Creek arms of the lake. Temporary signals control traffic on the bridges, and traffic delays could be as long as two minutes on each bridge.
• Douglas County Road 438, also known as the Farmers’ Turnpike, is closed for reconstruction from the South Lawrence Trafficway to County Road 1029, which heads north toward Lecompton. A detour is available using the trafficway, U.S. Highway 40 and County Road 1029. The project is scheduled for completion by Thanksgiving.
Kansas Highway 10
• Drivers headed west on Kansas Highway 10 are 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.
• Drivers should expect delays and lane closures in the area of the intersection of 29th Street and Fairlawn Road. The intersection is being rebuilt. Lane closures are expected to last into late November.
• Traffic heading east on Interstate 70 continues to be limited to one lane from 110th to 75th streets in Wyandotte County, for a pavement-reconstruction project expected to last through late September.
• Several ramps along I-70 in Wyandotte County remain closed for pavement-reconstruction work expected to last into late October. The ramp from northbound Interstate 435 to eastbound I-70 has a marked detour: north to State Avenue, back to southbound I-435, then to eastbound I-70. The ramp from eastbound I-70 to northbound I-435 has a marked detour: east to 78th Street, then back west on I-70 to northbound I-435. The following ramps will limited to one lane: from State Avenue/southbound I-435 to eastbound I-70.
U.S. Highway 69
• Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction along U.S. Highway 69, also known as the 18th Street Expressway, in Wyandotte County. The bridge is set to be repainted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Kansas Highway 7
• A pavement-patching and resurfacing project is limiting traffic to one lane on Kansas Highway 7/U.S. Highway 73, north from the Centennial Bridge in Leavenworth to County Road 14 at Lowemont. Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes, as flaggers coordinate with pilot cars to guide traffic through the project. Much of the work is taking place during daylight hours, although the section from Centennial Bridge to just past Seventh Street in Leavenworth is taking place between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.; work is expected to last into October.