Lawrence and Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas county

Construction to reduce downtown Kansas River bridges to one lane beginning Monday

April 5, 2013


Lawrence motorists should expect another season of delays at the Kansas River bridges in downtown.

Beginning Monday, crews will reduce the northbound and southbound bridges to one lane as work on the underside of the bridge begins.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is estimating the project will last through mid-June. During the project, one 12-foot lane will be open on each span, and the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph.

PCI Roads, a Minnesota-based construction company, will be the lead contractor on the project. This project follows a multiyear project that replaced the decks on the bridges.


Nathan Atchison 4 years, 11 months ago

in the spring a young mans fancy lightly turns to thoughts of road construction.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

hey LJW staff, any plans by the city to once again post a fire unit north of the river during these times as before?

Eugehne Normandin 4 years, 11 months ago

Why? Isn't the bridge done, I mean you would think that after two seasons of prior bridgework it would be done. What could possibly be left to do?

jesse499 4 years, 11 months ago

it's a make work program don't use anything that will last more than one winter!!!

Wayne James 4 years, 11 months ago

When I first read the article I thought to myself "what in the world are they doing to these bridges, they are practically brand new?" And then I realized that it has been nearly forty years since those were built so they most likely do need repair.

kuguardgrl13 4 years, 11 months ago

A Minnesota company? Hope it wasn't the same company that was working on the 35W bridge in 2007...

Jeff Nolting 4 years, 11 months ago

The bride was built in the mid-1970's - what work is being done - each bridge has four large steel girders, each girder has a rocker at each abutment ( end of bridge) and pier. The rockers are what they are called - during seasonal temperature changes , the concrete and steel on the bridge expands and contracts - and when it does - it moves. During the summer the concrete & steel expands , winter time the concrete & steel contracts, and to do such - the rockers allow it too. The abument rockers at each end need repair , repainted , etc. This could not be done during the deck repair in 2011 & 2012. All bridges this old have to have maintenance work & repair work - just like a vehicle we drive and a lot of times it cannot not be done all at once. Funding , seasonal limitations , etc., all are factors. I hope this helps - and as always when there is heavy highway construction yes there is inconvenience and delay's in travel time. Always a little sour with the sweet.

akt2 4 years, 11 months ago

One lane means one lane. So to those of you headed north off of Tennessee for the bridge, it would be nice if you didn't block the intersection at 6th for those headed east on 6th. The intersection is usually totally blocked because people are trying to creep into that lane off of Tennessee. The whole time blocking the outside lane for those headed to Mass. or beyond.

thefisherman 4 years, 11 months ago

This. This irritated me almost daily on my commute.

Wayne James 4 years, 11 months ago

Oh, poor baby! You 'll get over it. Would you rather a little inconvenience now or a LOT of inconvenience when the bridge falls down with you on it?

Jeff Nolting 4 years, 11 months ago

Well - what would you want too happen - either repair with a couple of months of inconvenience or have the bridge to be closed in time ? and while building a Ferry - this would take time to build a loading , dock , etc - so either way - there will be complaints.

Jeff Nolting 4 years, 11 months ago

Well yes it is a Minnesota Company - and most of the workers are tattoo free - maybe they should play basketball ?

Wayne James 4 years, 11 months ago

With this being done to a FEDERAL highway, it may become a federally funded repair. In which case LOCAL workers will be hired to work for the contractor on this project.

bearded_gnome 4 years, 11 months ago

what I don't understand is why for a project like this that causes massive traffic snarls, why not contract to have all work done nighttime only, as in other states?
seems like the inconvenience of the time could be partially made up for because there'd be so little traffic to cope with around it, making easier to move things in and out of the work.

gchawk 4 years, 11 months ago

This street has become the "perpetual project".

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