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5 county bridges up for replacement in next 5 years

September 30, 2010


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Five Douglas County bridges are slated to be replaced in the next five years, according to a construction schedule the Kansas Department of Transportation released Thursday.

KDOT announced $401.6 million worth of new projects it will fund under the T-WORKS transportation program. The 56 projects on the list are aimed at preserving the state’s roads, with the majority aimed at replacing bridges.

In 2012, a bridge on 23rd Street near the Haskell Rail Trail and Learnard Avenue is set to be replaced. The project is expected to cost $4 million.

Also in 2012, KDOT plans to spend $700,000 to replace a bridge on U.S. Highway 59 over the Wakarusa River just south of Lawrence.

In 2013, a bridge on U.S Highway 56 that spans Tauy Creek in Baldwin is scheduled to be replaced. That project is estimated to cost $1.5 million.

During the same year, $2.3 million will go toward replacing two other bridges over the Tauy Creek drainage area just west of Baldwin.

All the projects will be funded under the $450 million the Kansas Legislature agreed to set aside each year for funding road work.

“There will be a lot more to come over the next few years,” KDOT spokesman Steve Swartz said.

The five-year construction schedule also earmarked $38.7 million for surfacing 11.5 miles of new road on U.S. Highway 59. That funding allocation had been announced and on the construction schedule long before Thursday.

In 2011, $18.7 million will be spent to surface a seven-mile stretch of the new four-lane freeway north of the Franklin-Douglas County line.

And in 2012, $20 million has been set aside to pave the next four miles of U.S. Highway 59.


Kontum1972 7 years, 8 months ago

Soooooooooo...when will our TAXES go up?.................AGAIN!

remember_username 7 years, 8 months ago

Next year after the election - like clockwork...

Keith 7 years, 8 months ago

Maybe they could recycle that bridge to nowhere at the end of the SLT.

Jake Esau 7 years, 8 months ago

Maybe they could finish the SLT so it's not a bridge to nowhere.

sourpuss 7 years, 8 months ago

If you don't like the commute, move to KC.

jjt 7 years, 8 months ago

Re Sooooooooo when will our taxes go up. Let me say that I do not like paying tax, no one does. Bridges, roads, infrastructure need to be repaired, the community needs basic support, police fire and so on. How else other than taxes should they be provided?. When the old answer comes back "just do not want taxes to go up" Tea Bagger style provide an alternative way to provide these services. Then stand for city, county or Topeka and see if you can make it work on less money.

formerfarmer 7 years, 8 months ago

Why replace the bridge on 23rd? Why not remove the existing structure, build a pedestrian tunnel for the walk-way, and lower the road down so the vision isn't blocked by the hump in the road. It's not like there is train traffic using the bridge any more.

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