Archive for Wednesday, April 7, 2010

City plans repairs to damaged North Lawrence detour route

After months of use as a detour around Second Street construction, North Lawrence side roads are in need of repairs. Crews will begin working to fit the pothole-filled roads this week.

April 7, 2010


Now that the constant stream of traffic is gone, pavement-repair crews are turning their attention to the damage left behind.

Workers this week are sizing up damages along the route of a former detour in North Lawrence, one that carried traffic for the past eight months when it had been expected to last for only eight weeks.

The plan: Intersections will be rebuilt, collapsed concrete will be replaced and fresh coats of pavement will cover roads throughout virtually all of North Lawrence, as the city aims to ease pain caused by a longer-than-expected reconstruction of North Second and Locust streets — now expected to be complete in August — and ongoing inconveniences triggered by work along the Kansas Turnpike.

“By the end of the summer, and the end of the I-70 project, hopefully North Lawrence will look like its old self again and traffic will be restored and it’ll just be kind of a memory,” said Mark Thiel, the city’s assistant director of public works.

This week, city crews are assessing the former detour route — along Elm, North Third, Locust and Lyon streets — to see where major repairs need to be made, likely to cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000. Already identified: North Third’s intersections at Perry, Maple, Lincoln and Lyon streets.

One bonus: With traffic in North Lawrence expected to decline now that the Kansas Turnpike has closed its Exit 204 interchange for seven months of reconstruction, crews hired by the city will have an easier time applying new layers of pavement to virtually all non-concrete streets in the neighborhood, Thiel said. Among them will be North Second and North Third, from Lincoln to just south of the interchange access road, as part of a $423,000 contract.

Ernie Scott, who lives along the former detour, welcomes the upcoming repairs.

“It’s about time,” he said.


Michael Capra 8 years, 1 month ago

its kyles fault at rd johnson excavating he luvs messes

keepingfingerscrossed 8 years, 1 month ago

It is about time, I hope they don't for get us over here it seems like we are in a nother world over here. I beleive we are a part of the city right.

feetup 8 years, 1 month ago

458casul, lol, yes it's Kyles fault. fingers, yes, as a born and raised sandrat north lawrence has always been another world to the rest of the city it's passed time to fix those detours. it kills my car when i go to the slowride!

Joe Hyde 8 years, 1 month ago

The underpass repair work forced (or encouraged) many drivers to seek alternate routes through North Lawrence in order to reach US24/40 and US24/59 highways. Many of those routes used different streets that allowed for a shorter distance than what the official detour route provided.

And with the increased traffic load brought by the detour, many North Lawrence residents probably used different interior routes than what they'd normally take, just to avoid the crowded roads and the deteriorating roadways.

So it really is a good idea, and a fair plan, to repave virtually all the streets in North Lawrence. It would also be good to touch up the N1650 Rd./E1600 Rd. "bypass" that leaves town at the N.9th/Maple St. intersection then wraps around the east side of the chemical plant and old sand pit. With N.7th St. closed by repairs to north/south thru traffic, this rural route has picked up lots more traffic than normal.

gatekeeper 8 years, 1 month ago

They'd better redo all the streets. I don't live on the detour route, but had lots of cars using my street to avoid it. All of the streets in N. Lawrence were in bad shape before this project started (they usually just throw down oil and gravel and make us deal with streets that are always in disrepair.). I'll probably go into shock if the streets are finally in good shape.

Bobbi Walls 8 years, 1 month ago

I'm hoping they fix 7th street as well. It's been beat up pretty bad by all of the increased semi traffic.

Charlie Sabotage 8 years, 1 month ago

Wow, something will finally get done? But not finished until August? Guess we have to just go with the flow. Living over there was a nightmare through winter, just to get around was a job in itself. glad they opened up what they have, but now everyone is confused on where to turn. seen many a car turn into wrong lane behind the concrete dividers, hopefully everyone will pay attention and we'll have construction free streets sooner than later. Now, if i can just remind myself it's not necessary to go over the tracks to get out of N. Lawrence, it'll be a good day

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