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April 30, 2011

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Lawrence

• A portion of the Kansas River levee trail will be closed beginning this week for the construction of the Bowersock Mills & Power Co.’s new plant on the north bank of the Kansas River. A detour on the trail will take users from the trail to city streets crossing at the controlled intersection of North Second and Locust streets. Signs will be clearly posted marking the detour route to direct users throughout the detour. The city urges drivers and trail users to use caution when traveling through the intersection. The detour will run for the duration of the project, which is projected to last 20 months.

• The city is in the first phase of its overlay projects. Temporary single lane closures should be expected in these areas but traffic will most likely be able to flow through the area. For a map of the overlay projects go to www.lawrenceks. org/public_works/ streetmaintenance and click on “2011 Street Maintenance Plan.”

• City maintenance crews are working on a microsurfacing program. Roads throughout the city will be repaved and resurfaced. Lane reductions and possible street closures may occur during the process. To find out what streets the city has targeted, visit the city’s website at www.ci.lawrence.ks.us.

• On Kasold Drive between Clinton Parkway and 31st Street, both directions of traffic have moved to the southbound lanes of Kasold. Each direction is narrowed to one lane as crews rebuild the roadway. Access from side streets is right turn only. The project is expected to last for several months.

• From 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, Indiana Street will have no parking and is closed to through traffic from Sixth Street to Eighth Street and Third Street to Sixth Street.

Douglas County

• On Tuesday, Douglas County Road 1023, also known as East 150 Road, will close north of North 450 Road for drainage structure replacement. The work will last about two weeks and a marked detour will be provided.

• Douglas County Road 9 is closed between U.S. Highway 24-40 and Interstate 70. The road will be closed so crews can work on bridge construction. It will remain closed until late spring.

U.S. Highway 59

• North 200 Road is closed at U.S. Highway 59 for frontage road construction work. The road will be tied to the new frontage road that runs parallel to the new U.S. Highway 59. Work is scheduled to be completed in late 2012.

U.S. Highway 56

• A bridge replacement project is under way just west of the U.S. Highway 75 junction in Osage County. About .44 mile west of the junction, both eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 56 will be closed to all but local traffic. A marked detour will take drivers through Burlingame to Osage City and then back to U.S. Highway 75. The project is expected to be finished in mid-June.

Interstate 70

• Kansas Turnpike Authority is reconstructing a 3-mile stretch of highway just east of Lawrence. Traffic will be narrowed to one lane in each direction from mile marker 208 to mile marker 211. Access to the Lawrence Service Area will remain open. Delays are expected during rush hour. The project will be finished by November.

• A bridge replacement project is under way for the 142nd Street bridge spanning the Kansas Turnpike in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties. The northbound and southbound lanes on 142nd Street will be closed between Kansas Avenue and Riverview Avenue. The stretch of road will remain closed for the duration of the project. As part of the project, daily lane closures could occur on the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-70 and the right shoulder of the road. The project should be completed in late fall.

• In Wyandotte County, both eastbound and westbound directions will be reduced to one lane from 118th Street to I-435 for pavement repair work beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The project is expected to last until June.

Interstate 435

• The eastbound ramp from 105th and Lackman Road to eastbound 1-435 will be closed for asphalt repair work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The project will be finished Wednesday.

• A bridge painting project at the Johnson Drive interchange is under way. The work will require varying lane closures that will reduce northbound and southbound traffic along I-435 down to one lane at a time. The lane reductions will occur Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The ramps will remain open. The project should be completed by mid-July.

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