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2013 Preview: Transportation: What to expect on the roads and at the pump

January 2, 2013

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Gas price forecast

The "fiscal cliff," potential weather catastrophes, and the overall health of the economy will all play into gasoline prices in 2013.

But 2013’s prices should look a lot like 2012, said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.

That means a national average yearly price between $3.50 and $3.75 for regular-grade gas, similar to 2012’s $3.63 price average.

Kansas prices run a little lower than the national average, so expect per-gallon prices to be about 15 cents cheaper in the Sunflower State.

Dehaan said to expect the typical seasonal price fluctuations, with prices spiking in the late spring and again in late summer.

In 2012, for example, Kansas gas prices spiked in April, hovering around $3.75 per gallon. Prices dipped over the summer, but shot up again in September, just over $3.80 a gallon.

Average prices are currently at a yearly low in the state, at around $3.05 a gallon for regular.

Several area road repair projects will affect local drivers in 2013.

A $6.5 million road repair project on Iowa Street could snarl local traffic, with city commissioners agreeing recently to shut down a portion of Bob Billings Parkway/15th Street from May 20 to Aug. 16.

But Baldwin City and Ottawa commuters could see the most road construction in 2013, with numerous bridge repairs on U.S. Highway 56 slated to begin in the new year.

And of course, work on the controversial South Lawrence Trafficway, a $192 million bypass project traveling through the Baker Wetlands, is scheduled to begin in October.

Here’s a rundown of major projects in Lawrence and Douglas County and their anticipated start dates in 2013:

Lawrence

• Work on the South Lawrence Trafficway is to begin in October, but major work on the project connecting Interstate 70 with Kansas Highway 10 will start in 2014. The project is expected to be completed by late 2015.

• Reconstruction of Iowa Street from Harvard Road to the Irving Hill overpass, February.

• Addition of a turn lane at West Sixth Street and Iowa streets, summer.

• Road resurfacing, 31st Street from Haskell Avenue to O’Connell Road, October.

• Road improvements on Iowa Street, south of 29th Street to south city limits, October.

• Current bridge replacement on Kansas Highway 10, near Haskell Indian Nations University, is slated for completion in September.

Douglas County

• Paving and safety improvements on Route 442 from Shawnee County line to Stull, late spring.

• Addition of paved shoulders on Route 1061 from North 1200 Road to K-10, summer.

• Three bridges replaced on U.S. 56:

East Fork Tauy Creek Bridge in Baldwin City, April.

Middle Fork Tauy Creek Drainage Bridge and the Middle Fork Tauy Creek Bridge, April.

• U.S. Highway 59 bridge repair, just north of 650 Road intersection, May.

• U.S. 59 bridge repair, West Fork Tauy Creek, September.

Comments

Coles_Law 1 year, 11 months ago

"Road resurfacing, 31st Street from Haskell Avenue to O’Connell Road, October"

Could you clarify this? 31st doesn't run from Haskell to O'Connell. Are they extending it?

MarcoPogo 1 year, 11 months ago

West Sixth Street & Iowa is the intersection, not the direction of the turn lane. But you're right, they're adding a turn lane to head south on Iowa.

George_Braziller 1 year, 11 months ago

At least I'll have a couple of more seasons to enjoy the quiet beauty of the wetlands before they're destroyed forever.

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