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Safer route

September 21, 2012

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Nearly 15 years after planning started for a new four-lane U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence, the final leg of the construction is nearly complete. Officials say the entire route from Lawrence to Ottawa will be open by the first week in October.

It’s time to bid a not-so-fond farewell to what must have been one of the most deadly stretches of highway in the state. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week, the mayor of Baldwin City appropriately paid respects to all of the people who were injured or killed on the hilly, winding two-lane road. Too many accidents occurred on this road because of limited visibility and risky passing conditions.

The new highway should eliminate most of those hazards as well as provide an important transportation link between Interstate 70 in Lawrence and Interstate 35 in Ottawa — soon to be expanded by the completion of the east leg of the South Lawrence Trafficway.

It’s been a long time coming, but the opening of new, safer U.S. 59 is just around the corner.

Comments

shotgun 1 year, 7 months ago

Such negativity, Why do you wake up?

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 7 months ago

And watch development in northern Franklin county. AND. Industrial park and jobs while Lawrence ponders if the world is round.

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lionbacker 1 year, 7 months ago

i guarantee there are more accidents caused by a driver going 45-50 mph causing a 10-15 car backup than us drivers who drive 65-70 mph on that road, It isnt speed that causes accidents, its incapable drivers.

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gbulldog 1 year, 7 months ago

Next project need. Complete 10 hwy from east Lawrence to hwy 75 in Topeka.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 7 months ago

the new 4 lanes will bring slower yet driving? even with the same reckless drivers plus more tailgating 18 wheelers... hmmmmmmm

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oletimer 1 year, 7 months ago

While the new highway will be fine, the old highway was okay until Walmart built their warehouse in Ottawa, causing high volumes of traffic on it. That and drivers acting like they are in a nascar race and driving way too fast. They new highway will cause the maniacs to figure new ways to kill each other, but I have faith in them.

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