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Wheel genius: Road work planned this week

September 13, 2009


The drive from Lawrence to Kansas City International Airport is about to return to normal.

Late Monday morning, the ramp for traffic heading east on Interstate 70 to turn north onto Interstate 435 is scheduled to reopen to traffic. The ramp has been closed as part of a repaving project that began in early July.

No longer will drivers heading to the airport need to turn off early near The Legends, or drive all the way to 78th Street to turn around.

The ramp’s vehicle runway is cleared for takeoff, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

But the entire $4.6 million pavement-reconstruction project isn’t completely off the ground. Read on for this and other projects that could affect your travel in the area during the 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.

Douglas County

• Traffic on Douglas County Road 1055 is 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.

Shawnee County

• 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.

U.S. Highway 24

• During daylight hours on weekdays, traffic heading west 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 35

• Drivers heading in both directions on Interstate 35 in Johnson County should expect intermittent delays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday between U.S. Highway 169 to Interstate 435, as crews patch pavement.

Interstate 435

• The left lane of Interstate 435 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday for drivers heading south between Midland Drive and Kansas Highway 10 in Johnson County, as crews patch pavement.

Kansas Highway 7

• Paving work will prompt alternating lane closures beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday along Kansas Highway 7/U.S. Highway 73, from 20th Street to Lowemont (County Road 14) in Leavenworth County. Work will be conducted from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m., and is scheduled to continue through Sept. 28.

U.S. Highway 69

• Traffic is 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. through Sept. 21.

Johnson County

• Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, the 95th Street bridge that spans Interstate 435 will be closed for a repair project scheduled to last until Nov. 18. Drivers heading east on 95th will be detoured via Renner Boulevard to 87th Street to Lackman Road; drivers going west on 95th will be detoured via northbound I-435 to 87th Street to southbound I-435 to Renner Boulevard.

Interstate 70

• 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 ramps from State Avenue/southbound I-435 to eastbound I-70 remain limited to one lane.


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