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U.S. Highway 59 expected to open in October

August 29, 2012

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Work crews lay a lime slurry mixture on U.S. Highway 59 near County Road 458 on Tuesday morning. The slurry helps harden the surface for the asphalt-laying stage.

Work crews lay a lime slurry mixture on U.S. Highway 59 near County Road 458 on Tuesday morning. The slurry helps harden the surface for the asphalt-laying stage.

— The nearly three-year long U.S. Highway 59 realignment project is nearing the end of the road.

“We’re hoping to open it the first week of October,” said Kim Qualls, a spokeswoman with the Kansas Department of Transportation.

There is still paving, striping and signage work going on, Qualls said. She said some folks may see a particular part of the project and believe that it’s finished now, but they aren’t seeing the whole thing.

The first phase of the project, which began in January 2009, entailed earthwork and construction of bridges for an 11-mile four-lane freeway between Lawrence and Ottawa. That cost $57 million.

The second phase is the surfacing and pavement work, totaling $24.7 million. Currently, that is happening on the north end of the project, which is close to the southern city limits of Lawrence.

A 7.6-mile stretch of the freeway in Franklin County — costing $63.5 million — was completed and ready for use in 2010.

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 7 months ago

MacHeath, that is the town of Elsmore, before ""bait shop""" was a little mom / pop cafe, home cooked meals at cheap prices, stopped there several time over the years

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MacHeath 1 year, 7 months ago

I don't know why they tore up the weird little park, behind the old vet clinic though. There was some interesting graffiti carved in the rocks there.

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MacHeath 1 year, 7 months ago

I have driven that road for years. There should have been an overpass at Baldwin 50 years ago. I remember when I was a kid my uncle, that lived in Lawrence, would caution my Dad to be careful at Baldwin junction because a lot of folks had been killed there. It always amazed me that 59 between Baldwin junction and Lawrence (witch carried the most traffic) had no shoulder, and like a 10 foot right of way. I doubt it had changed much since the days it was first built. The last turn-out I have ever seen at the bottom at that one hill...how quaint!

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Sherry Warren 1 year, 7 months ago

A deer was hit on Sunday on the stretch of one-lane near N 1100 road. Monday it was pulled off of 59 and thrown into the west ditch. It smells to high heaven and I now know what the actors on CSI mean when they talk about "decomp". Keep your windows up!

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trinity 1 year, 7 months ago

Hey now, that gas station at Moran (59/54) has some pretty good eats-as far as gas station cuisine goes! :) Love food off a roller!

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Hooligan_016 1 year, 7 months ago

Oh, Thayer ... how I loathe your speed trap.

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autie 1 year, 7 months ago

LT, that would be Hwy 169, not 59. However you are correct...Garnett and Thayer is bout it until Coffeyville. Unless you count the four way stop sign just north of Thayer at the intersection of 47. And I think maybe sometime in the future there will be a roundabout put in at the interstection with 160 as people tend to kill themselves regularly there. Still 100 times better than Oklahoma.

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LawrenceTownie 1 year, 7 months ago

This article says construction began in 2009, which is only the Douglas County end of this project. The Franklin County end of the project began around 2007. Believe me, all the people who live along this road project are more than ready for it to open. Living with this road construction project for almost 6 years, all the flagmen on the road, large dump trucks using our current highway and side roads has not been easy on anyone. The Dept. of Transportation decided long ago to build this four lane road, and nothing would change their minds. Their plan was to bypass all towns down to the Oklahoma border, which is now almost complete. Garnett and Thayer are the only two small towns left to do. What used to take us four hours to go to grandma's house now can be done in about two and a half hours with these towns off the beaten pathway. Of course all the revenew is also gone because we would stop for those great hamburgers in Humbolt at King Burger. Wonder if it is still there .... mmmm.

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Scott Morgan 1 year, 7 months ago

The new highway will end in either the Walmart, or Holiday Inn Express parking lots.

Seriously, where does this new traffic go when hitting South Lawrence.

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riverdrifter 1 year, 7 months ago

There was another fatality north of the old Oak Lodge at 150 road. Hopefully this will be the last death on old 59. Drive safely, folks.

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