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Archive for Thursday, November 17, 2011

Delays expected on southbound Kansas River bridge on Friday

November 17, 2011

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Motorists are being warned that traffic will move very slowly near the Kansas River bridges in Downtown Lawrence on Friday.

Construction crews will be back to work on the southbound bridge beginning at 9 a.m. Friday. Traffic will be reduced to one lane as crews begin repaving operations. A release from the Kansas Department of Transportation said motorists should “expect major delays” because there will be a significant amount of construction activity in the area.

The repaving work is expected to be completed by Friday afternoon. Crews will return in the spring to complete the remaining northbound lane of the bridge.

Comments

amac 3 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Lawhorn, please clarify. Traffic is already one lane southboud and has been for quite some time. Northbound lanes are both open.

thebigspoon 3 years, 1 month ago

Southbound traffic has been moving slowly the past few months. How can it get slower than it has already been ?????

lgreen17 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm not sure how much slower it can get. It takes me 25 minutes to drive from north Lawrence to the KU campus every morning. It usually takes 5 minutes.

Jeteras 3 years, 1 month ago

this story needs an update and a clarification.. As amac said its been one lane for MONTHS.. and secondly they are slip form CONCRETE paving that bridge and it will not be open friday afternoon. Most they could do is MAYBE 200-300' on a good day. Even then traffic is not going to be allowed on this for at least 7 days or more! Then they got to do the other half??

ksengineer 3 years, 1 month ago

This is the "other half." The right lane of the southbound bridge was finished a couple of months ago. When they did the first half the traffic was significantly slower than "normal." The extra equipment and workers required in close proximity to traffic make people slow down passing through the work zone. There will also be quite a few concrete trucks moving in and out of traffic to deliver the concrete.

This is probably meant to be just a heads up to everybody for the extra delays expected tomorrow. I don't expect them to make any changes to the current lane closure, just cause everybody to slow down. I suggest taking the turnpike tomorrow if you're headed south.

Morganna 3 years, 1 month ago

As all the other posters have said - traffic has been slow for quite some time. WOW 10 minutes to move 1 or 2 car lengths - is this really the end of the construction on that side of the bridge. I will not believe it until I can drive across the bridge like normal. I am really tired of driving 6th street to get to work. As I have said before - you can get out of Lawrence rather quickly but getting into Lawrence - WOW really slow. Embarassing.

Katherine Greene 3 years, 1 month ago

At 11 am traffic was still backed up to Lyon Street and moving even more slowly than it has been in recent weeks.

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