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Road work on K-10 bypass begins Friday; downtown and 23rd Street bridges reopen

May 15, 2013

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Drivers can expect major delays on the Kansas Highway 10 bypass around west Lawrence beginning Friday when the Kansas Department of Transportation resumes a resurfacing project that began last summer.

Weather permitting, KDOT said, the project will begin at 7 a.m. Friday on the 8.4-mile stretch from the Kansas Turnpike exit to U.S. Highway 59.

Traffic in both directions will have varying lane closures during daytime hours for pavement patching work. A flagger operation will be used to direct traffic.

Beginning Monday, traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions, and there will be intermittent closures of adjacent cross roads. KDOT will use flaggers and a pilot car to control traffic through the single open lane.

Drivers can expect delays as long as 15 minutes during those times. The speed limit will be reduced to 55 miles per hour along a 12-foot-wide lane. KDOT encourages drivers to use alternate routes if possible.

The scheduled completion date of the project is late May, KDOT said.

23rd Street overpass

Meanwhile, KDOT said, the overpass bridge on East 23rd Street between Haskell and Barker Avenues was fully opened to traffic on Tuesday.

With the exception of minor landscaping that remains to be done, KDOT said the bridge replacement project is now complete and the final landscaping work should have little or no impact on traffic.

Downtown bridges

KDOT also said the U.S. Highway 40 bridges over the Kansas River leading in and out of downtown Lawrence will open to unrestricted traffic Thursday after the evening rush hour.

Inspection work on the bridge bearings was completed Tuesday, and the bridge repair project will now be suspended for about a month.

During that time, KDOT said, new bearings will be fabricated so the repair project can be completed. KDOT said it will announce when the project is to resume.

Comments

LogicMan 1 year, 5 months ago

I went by Iowa and 15th earlier. They are getting ready to close 15th Street. Monday?

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Greg Cooper 1 year, 5 months ago

So, traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions on a two-lane road? Sounds like what's there now to me.

Maybe.................. only one lane open at all while the other is closed?

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FlintlockRifle 1 year, 5 months ago

Dang, I got all excited thinking they were going to start work on by/pass east of 59 Hwy

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grimpeur 1 year, 5 months ago

K-10, like its future 32nd St. alignment, is not a bypass. The planned bypass is--and always was planned--farther south. You know...the one that will be needed in another 10-15 years.

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Paul Wilson 1 year, 5 months ago

no...why would you need another in 10-15 years?

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Paul Wilson 1 year, 5 months ago

There is nothing wrong with the pavement between the turnpike and 59. More Obama charity work I presume.

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Paul Wilson 1 year, 5 months ago

....and you know this is not charity work from the Feds? Are you trying to say that Kansas doesn't get any money from the Fed for infrastructure? Republicans are just as irresponsible as Demorats. They just happen to look out for everyone...not just the ones who don't contribute. Either way...it is a waste of money. A trait that is dominant within the Obama administration. This is simply charity work. The road is not in need of repair and certainly not resurfacing.

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Boston_Corbett 1 year, 5 months ago

News flash to pork ribs. This highway money used for this project is NOT "pork." It is from funds returned to the states by formula which comes from user fees, i.e. gas taxes. That is it is a return of user fees we have paid. The determination of how to allocate this money is totally in the State of Kansas. Your rant is idiotic.

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Paul Wilson 1 year, 5 months ago

yeah...other than the work is unnecessary. If you think it is necessary or if you think returning money means wastefully spending it.....then you need to revisit what 'idiotic' means.

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 5 months ago

"KDOT also said the U.S. Highway 40 bridges over the Kansas River leading in and out of downtown Lawrence will open to unrestricted traffic Thursday after the evening rush hour.

Inspection work on the bridge bearings was completed Tuesday, and the bridge repair project will now be suspended for about a month.

During that time, KDOT said, new bearings will be fabricated so the repair project can be completed. KDOT said it will announce when the project is to resume."

In other words, its a crapshoot.

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