Archive for Wednesday, September 14, 2011

25 years ago: Double-decker bus comes to Lawrence

September 14, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 14, 1986:

  • A local merchant had brought an interesting new high-profile vehicle to Lawrence. Bill Muggy, owner of Jayhawk Bookstore, had purchased a 1961 Bristol double-decker bus over the summer and was intending to shuttle football fans to and from Kansas University's Memorial Stadium on game days. Rides were $3 for people boarding at the Holidome and $2 for those getting on at Rusty's Hillcrest supermarket. Having received a new generator and about $1,000 worth of cosmetic work, the big yellow bus was ready to serve Jayhawk fans as well as those who just wanted a new view of Lawrence streets.
  • Several public works projects were still in progress, with the city hoping to finish some of them before cold weather set in. A $563,000 Lawrence Avenue interceptor sewer project was scheduled to be completed around Oct. 1. The other major sewer project, the $4 million Wakarusa interceptor, was to be completed in January. Traffic at 19th and Massachusetts was expected to be messy for about two and a half months as crews installed left-turn lanes on Mass and widened the lanes on 19th. Other projects included reconstruction of the east end of 15th Street from Connecticut to Haskell and safety improvements at Ninth and Maine. New traffic signals and turn lanes had just been completed this week at 11th and Kentucky.

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