Archive for Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Traffic down to 1 lane on turnpike east of Lawrence

April 12, 2011

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An early flight Tuesday morning, April 12, 2011, shows construction of a new bridge at the east edge of the Lawrence Turnpike service area.

An early flight Tuesday morning, April 12, 2011, shows construction of a new bridge at the east edge of the Lawrence Turnpike service area.

Traffic on the Kansas Turnpike is down to one lane at the service center east of Lawrence.

The Kansas Turnpike Authority is working to replace a section of 1950s concrete road between mile markers 208 and 211. The Lawrence Service Area will remain open during the construction.

Rex Fleming, engineer and project manager for KTA, said the project, which started last spring, should be finished by November. Crews have pulverized the concrete and graded the road, and they will soon bring in the crushed pavement to lay a base.

“Within a few weeks we’ll start laying asphalt,” he said. “We still have the other side to go.”

The project includes rebuilding bridges that crossed the service station on- and off-ramps. Crews are extending the ramps for safer entry and exit, and the bridges were not tall enough for cars to drive under.

Fleming said they would be moving traffic from lane to lane to keep the service station open.

The KTA is also completing construction on exit 204 in Lawrence. At 7 a.m. Thursday, traffic exiting westbound will be switched to the new, permanent ramp. It’s hoped, Fleming said, that traffic heading west onto the turnpike will be switched to a new ramp Monday morning.

Comments

Evan Ridenour 4 years, 1 month ago

When has I70 ever not been 1 lane heading east?

Currahee 4 years, 1 month ago

Why is this going to take 7 months to complete?

SeaBee 4 years, 1 month ago

60 year old concrete on the turnpike?

I don't believe it. They replace the roadway every 10 - 20 years or so whether it needs it or not.

Mark Zwahl 4 years, 1 month ago

I have come to strongly suspect that the KTA is scamming us by constantly spending money and upgrading. And we just keep paying our tolls even though the road has been messed up for years. It'd be great for the LJW to investigate these "upgrades" etc. going back a few years to see if they are really justified. The only problem is, the "road experts" are the same ones who make the decisions so who are you going to ask? Remember that it was supposed to be paid off years ago. Oh yeah, and how much does the KTA director make? I think they keep doing stuff (adding lanes, creating new exits, rest areas etc.) to keep the organization from shrinking.

Betty Bartholomew 4 years, 1 month ago

Bleh.

This is why I take K-10 or the backroads.

clovis_sangrail 4 years, 1 month ago

This is kind of old news. It has been that way for at least a couple of weeks, probably longer.

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