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Archive for Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wheel Genius: Road work planned for this week

July 11, 2010

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Lawrence

• Crews are resurfacing East 23rd Street, from just west of Haskell Avenue to the city’s eastern border. Pavement-removal operations are set to occur during the day, while resurfacing work is scheduled for overnight during the coming weeks. One lane is to remain open in each direction for traffic during construction.

• The Kansas Turnpike’s East Lawrence interchange, Exit 204, remains closed for reconstruction. It is scheduled to reopen by Thanksgiving.

• The city’s annual repaving program continues, with crews working on a number of residential streets. Pavement-patching and road-resurfacing work will cause intermittent delays on streets in North Lawrence.

• The right lane for traffic going north on Iowa Street is set to be closed this week from Stratford to Harvard roads. Oxford Road is closed to through traffic from Iowa to Highland Drive.

• The 900 block of New York Street is closed to through traffic as crews work to restore it as a brick street.

• Crews will continue patching and crack-sealing work in various areas of Lawrence, with temporary lane closures — but no detours — expected during such work.

U.S. Highway 24

• The Mud Creek bridge along U.S. Highway 24, east of Lawrence Municipal Airport, remains limited to one lane of traffic as crews add pavement to the bridge deck. Expect delays, as traffic is governed by temporary traffic signals expected to be in service until late fall.

Interstate 70

• Drivers on the Kansas Turnpike just east of Lawrence are limited to one lane in each direction as crews rebuild turnpike lanes from just east of the interchange to a point just west of the Lawrence service area. The limits will be expected to remain until just before Thanksgiving; the service area is scheduled to remain open throughout construction.

• Westbound I-70 is reduced to one lane from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily except Sundays, extending from 3.3 miles just west of Urish Road to Danbury Lane and also from just east of Carnahan Avenue to the Kansas Turnpike Authority east toll booth plaza, all in Shawnee County, for concrete repair work. Work is scheduled to be finished in October.

• Work continues where I-70 and Interstate 435 connect in Wyandotte County. The northbound I-435 to westbound I-70 ramp will remain closed until early August. The westbound I-70 to southbound I-435 ramp will remain closed through late July.

• The ramp for traffic traveling east on Interstate 70 to go onto Kansas Highway 7 closed July 2 and was expected to remain so for about a week after an oversized semitrailer went under the bridge and caused damage. Repairs are scheduled to begin Wednesday.

Kim Qualls, a KDOT spokeswoman, says that eastbound I-70/Kansas Turnpike traffic entering onto K-7 will enter on the left side of the ramp over the ramp bridge. Eastbound I-70/KTA traffic exiting K-7 will be directed to 110th Street to turn around and head back to exit to K-7. Drivers should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes if possible, she says. Project work is scheduled to be finished July 19.

Interstate 635

• Northbound Interstate 635 is reduced to one lane from Merriam Lane in Johnson County to Georgia Avenue in Wyandotte County for pavement-marking work from 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and all day and night Saturdays.

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