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Construction on Iowa Street to begin Monday

February 15, 2013


The year of Iowa Street is about to begin.

Major portions of Iowa Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Monday, the first sign of months of work that will take place on the city’s main north-south thoroughfare.

The section of Iowa Street — which is also U.S. Highway 59 — from 15th Street/Bob Billings Parkway south to the Irving Hill overpass will be reduced to one lane in each direction while crews begin a complete rebuild of the road. The city is projecting major delays for motorists in the area. The city is recommending east/west traffic use either 23rd or Sixth streets, and north/south traffic use either Kasold Drive or Kentucky Street.

Eventually, the project will expand to north of 15th Street/Bob Billings Parkway to Yale Road. Shortly after Kansas University commencement ceremonies in late May, crews will close Bob Billings/15th Street where it intersects with Iowa until mid-August. That closure will allow for installation of turn lanes.

All told, the entire Iowa Street rebuilding is expected to last until late November.

This project is just one of three planned for Iowa Street this summer. Crews also will repave the section of Iowa Street from 29th Street to the southern city limits. Another project will add a turn lane at Sixth and Iowa streets.


FlintlockRifle 5 years, 2 months ago

Hope the put up the road work signs so out of town traffic will have ample time to take a different route, usually here in Lawrence you get maybe a few hundred feet notice when they are doing road work---

Bailey Perkins 5 years, 2 months ago

How long will it take? Couldn't they have scheduled this when KU wasn't in session (i.e. less traffic)? I understand doing this now if, and only if, it takes several months to complete, otherwise it seems like the city just wants to slow down traffic on the main road. No big deal though, I do what I can to avoid driving down Iowa.

Austin Bergstrom 5 years, 2 months ago

Did you even read the article? My grade school teachers always told me there is no such thing as a dumb question but I think i have acquired good debate material!

hujiko 5 years, 2 months ago

Yes, schedule it so that full-time residents must suffer the delays. We wouldn't want to inconvenience all the non-residents that also contribute to wear on our roads.

gccs14r 5 years, 2 months ago

Rather than add a turn lane at 6th & Iowa, they should permit only right turns there and instead add a rotary at McDonald Dr and Rockledge. From westbound 6th to southbound Iowa, you'd take the ramp for McDonald, whip through the rotary to the 3rd exit to head back south, and pass under 6th. For northbound Iowa to westbound 6th, you'd take the ramp to McDonald, take the second exit from the rotary up Rockledge, and come out on 6th.

UneasyRider 5 years, 2 months ago

Took a while to understand what you were saying. Talk about how to totally screwup an intersection, you win first prize. Care to show cost for your idea vs what is planned? Roundabouts are not only stupid, but expensive.

gccs14r 5 years, 2 months ago

There would be zero traffic lights when it was done, so there's a savings. No left turn accidents, either. And no waiting, except for those turning east on 6th from Iowa.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 2 months ago

That is real smart, it is still winter. If you don't believe me wait for wednesday & thursday.

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