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Wheel genius: Road work planned this week

September 27, 2009

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Lawrence

• Beginning Monday, the left lanes for traffic heading both east and west through the northern edge on Lawrence on the Kansas Turnpike will be closed to allow for construction of traffic “crossovers” at the East Lawrence and West Lawrence interchanges, also known as Exits 204 and 202. The lane restrictions will be in place between mileposts 201 and 205, and will be expected to last through Friday.

• Repaving and associated work is expected to start Monday on 23rd Street, from Ousdahl Road to Barker Avenue. Drivers should expect one lane to be closed in each direction. Depending on which lane is closed, bus riders on the T’s Route 5 may need to board at an alternate stop before or after the construction area.

• 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 early December.

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

Douglas County

• Douglas County Road 438, also known as the Farmers’ Turnpike, is closed for reconstruction from the 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 on Douglas County Road 1055 is restricted to one lane during daylight working hours for repaving work between 31st Street and North 1000 Road, or Wells Overlook Road. It’s the same situation along Douglas County Road 458 — also known as North 1000 Road — between U.S. Highway 59 and County Road 1055. In both areas, flaggers direct traffic, 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. Temporary signals control traffic on the bridges, and traffic delays could be up to two minutes on each bridge.

U.S. Highway 24

• Drivers in both directions along U.S. Highway 24 will face varying lane closures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday as crews trim trees between the Reno Road intersection in Douglas County and the Kansas Highway 32 intersection in Leavenworth County.

• 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.

Shawnee County

• Drivers should expect delays and lane closures near the intersection of 29th Street and Fairlawn Road. Lane closures are set to last into late November.

• Northbound and southbound MacVicar Avenue will closed from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday between Interstate 70 and Sixth Street for pavement work. All ramps at the I-70 and MacVicar Avenue interchange will remain open.

Kansas Highway 10

• Drivers westbound 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.

Interstate 435

• The right lane will be closed for bridge inspection from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday for drivers heading north on Interstate 435 from Holliday Drive in Johnson County to Woodend Road.

Interstate 70

• Ramps along I-70 in Wyandotte County remain closed for pavement-reconstruction work expected to be completed by the end of this month. 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.

Johnson County

• The 95th Street bridge that spans Interstate 435 is to be closed for a repair project scheduled to last until Nov. 18. Drivers heading east on 95th are detoured via Renner Road 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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