Archive for Thursday, July 22, 2010

Record time?

Construction work on Iowa Street might be eligible for recognition as the world’s slowest project.

July 22, 2010


A current fad in this country is for individuals or groups to try to establish world records for participating in some activity that represents the biggest, the most, the fastest, the longest, etc.

Just recently, Lawrence residents interested in encouraging more people to engage in some kind of physical exercise staged a gathering at Kansas University’s Shenk Fields that they hoped would break the record for a group workout. It seems there is some effort to break a record about every day somewhere in the United States.

Perhaps there is a chance for Lawrence to capture a world record for how long a construction company can take to dig a relatively small ditch, replace curbing, repair or replace driveways and patch a small section of street. The current project on Iowa Street just south of Harvard Drive would seem to be a strong contender for the title.

The ditch-digging, curb work and driveway repair at that site has held up traffic for months. It is difficult to understand why this project has taken so long. Perhaps some kind of monetary incentive would have encouraged the contractor to add workers or work longer hours to finish the job more quickly.

Unless there are some special difficulties with this job, it has stretched out far too long. City officials, or perhaps state highway officials, can’t be pleased with how long it has taken to complete this project.


Hoots 7 years, 10 months ago

I would agree. I have wondered what the trouble is when considering the size of the project. Funny how they replaced all the curb along 9th Street and repaved it in about two weeks, while this tiny project just drags on and on. The slowest project might have been the small one they did at 6th and Kasold several years ago and it took 6 months. The lowest bid isn't always the best bid. The 23rd Street project seems to be going slow for what it is as well. What a mess.

Jennifer Dropkin 7 years, 10 months ago

First construction started on a sidewalk on Iowa Street, then it stopped. And stopped. And it's still stopped. No sidewalk.

Then Iowa Street was resurfaced in speedy time. Very quick work.

Then current construction started on Iowa, which keeps going, and going, and going. And it's still not done.

I'm not sure this is the longest project. I'd nominate the North Lawrence Second Street and Locust renovation. But if the construction company keeps dragging its feet on the Iowa project, it may take the prize.

Wayne Propst 7 years, 10 months ago

North 2 nd and Iowa is the same contractor..........they move people between several jobs billing the tax payers .......the North Lawrence project cost millions in loses....the RD Jonson Co. needs to be investigated by by the city....they should never get another contract...let's see the "TIME" sheets.......

rock24 7 years, 10 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

Steve Miller 7 years, 10 months ago

How about a record of how many quarter pound hot dogs one can consume in 2 hours. sponsored by sonic, with chili and cheese.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.