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Repaving project on Kansas River bridge to disrupt downtown Lawrence traffic

March 15, 2012

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Traffic on the northbound Kansas River bridge in downtown Lawrence will be reduced to one lane beginning next week as crews return to finish a repaving job left over from last summer.

Crews will begin work on the northbound bridge at 9 a.m. Monday, and the Kansas Department of Transportation expects the repaving work to last into early June.

KDOT is urging motorists to find alternative routes, if possible, because traffic is expected to move slowly through the construction zone.

The repaving project began in August, but work was suspended in November due to winter temperatures that interfered with the paving process.

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Paul Geisler 2 years, 7 months ago

Hey there, Superswagg56: The answer to your question is right there in the article! "The repaving project began in August, but work was suspended in November due to winter temperatures that interfered with the paving process." Despite a mild winter, overnight temps were quite cold in November & December.

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jmadison 2 years, 7 months ago

The entire Kansas Turnpike was constructed in 22 months, including the turnpike bridge over the Kansas River. Have construction methods changed since the mid 1950's necessitating such a long period to repave a bridge in Lawrence?

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daddax98 2 years, 7 months ago

i would assume that there were no traffic issues to consider during the initial construction

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Paul Geisler 2 years, 7 months ago

If you hadn't seen them working on it last fall there was a lot of rusted re-bar in the bridge deck of both bridges and since this wasn't a complete bridge rebuild they jack-hammered out the bad sections and rebuilt the bridge deck. Now they are ready to re-pave both bridges.

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