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Lawrence motorists get ready: A year’s worth of roadwork set for Kasold Drive

Work on the Kasold Curve will begin soon and the city is already warning motorists. Construction is expected to last for most of 2011. One lane of traffic each direction will be maintained.

Work on the Kasold Curve will begin soon and the city is already warning motorists. Construction is expected to last for most of 2011. One lane of traffic each direction will be maintained.

December 10, 2010

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Message boards went up along Kasold Drive this week preparing motorists for a year’s worth of roadwork.

On Monday crews will begin rebuilding Kasold Drive from Clinton Parkway to 31st Street. The $4.2 million project, which will include utility upgrades, is the biggest road improvement project the city will see in 2011. It’s also an extension of the 2008 project that rebuilt Kasold Drive from Bob Billings Parkway to Clinton Parkway.

The aging road was never designed for the amount of traffic it sees daily, which has led to accelerated deterioration, Assistant Public Works Director Mark Thiel said.

“It’s in pretty bad shape right now,” he said.

The four-phase project will turn the three-quarter-mile stretch of Kasold Drive into a four-lane road with center turning lanes and medians.

Throughout the construction, travel will be limited to one lane of traffic in both directions. Minor delays are expected.

Thiel is asking drivers to take other routes if possible. For the residents who live along the road, he asks them to bear with a year of delays, construction dust and noise. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2011.

“We are asking them for patience and we are trying to minimize the amount of inconvenience as much as possible,” Thiel said.

On Tuesday, city commissioners approved a $4.2 million bid from King’s Construction to rebuild the road. The Kansas Department of Transportation is contributing about $1 million toward the project. The city of Lawrence is footing the rest of the bill.

The first phase of the project, which starts Monday, includes installing new storm sewers and relocating water lines. It is expected to last three weeks and end by Christmas weekend. Both lanes of traffic will reopen during the Christmas holiday.

Comments

Kyle Miller 4 years ago

Are they going to actually be smart and concrete this section this time instead of pavement, which doesnt take near the abuse from all the heavy trucks that travel it?

cozy 4 years ago

Probably not. They would rather just use asphalt and pave over and repair it every other year costing more and more money instead of just spending a little more now to have concrete and not have to do so much upkeep on it.

Kontum1972 4 years ago

how about some speed bumps...if not just make the speed limit 100mph....and some try no texting signs...LoL

somedude20 4 years ago

Are not America's streets to be paved with gold? The promise given to every immigrant that reached our land. Do not smoosh the dreams of the huddled masses City Hall!

CLARKKENT 4 years ago

JUST PUT A FEW AROUNDABOUTS IN, THAT'LL SLOW EM DOWN. [SMILE]

Randall Barnes 4 years ago

with the engineers we have good luck. 500 block of congressional dr there is a left turn lane with left turn arrows then boom suddenly there is a roundabout.... still laugh every time i go left through the roundabout.they need to up the speed limit on kasold to 45

estespark 4 years ago

"The aging road was never design for the amount of traffic it sees daily, which has led to accelerated deterioration, Assistant Public Works Director Mark Thiel said."

Don't you mean "designed"

rockchalker52 4 years ago

...because that's the most important thing: to make sure the grammar police on on the job. I'm sure they 'design' the article that way to make sure the GP's aren't napping. Good job, Grammar Police!

Charlie Sabotage 4 years ago

i didn't even read this article. but seriously? Lawrence does more roadwork than who knows what. how long ago was it when they did the last upgrade? i feel like Lawrence roads are a video game you have to pay to upgrade very year or so. Measure twice, cut once

superhans 4 years ago

Anyone see that topless chick that hangs out on Kasold sometimes? Waving to the cars. Rumor is she works for an insurance company.

Trollololol.

Steve Bradt 4 years ago

"The first phase of the project, which starts Monday, includes installing new storm sewers and relocating water lines. It is expected to last three weeks and end by Christmas weekend."

Wonder how they get a three week project completed in 2 weeks.

jpltown 4 years ago

How about fixing the 600 block of Arkansas, I drive on that road almost everyday and its uneven, with pot holes. I would just go to the intersection of 6th and Michigan but there is a higher chance of getting hit by a car running a red light.

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