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40 years ago: Double-span design suggested for Kansas River bridge

November 6, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 6, 1973:

  • In the wake of a city-county meeting this week, it was announced that Lawrence Public Works Director George Williams would be assigned to prepare a traffic pattern study of possible alternative bridge approaches to the Kansas River. City Commissioner Jack Rose had questioned the advisability of funneling all bridge traffic through Massachusetts Street and recommended that the city consider a pair of two-lane bridges instead of one four-lane bridge, with one at Massachusetts and one slightly further west, possibly at Tennessee Street. "We are investing a lot of money and the people of Lawrence will have to live with our decision for 50 years," Rose said. "We should be certain we are putting the bridge in the right place." City manager Buford Watson said there was already a lot of money invested in the Massachusetts Street location, adding, "We almost have to put the bridge there." Watson said there were several alternatives for traffic flow, including funneling southbound vehicles to Vermont Street. Meanwhile, the county, which was considering a bond issue for the $3 million Kansas River bridge project as well as a projected $3.5 million in county bridge replacements, still had received no official word on whether such a bond issue would be legal.
  • A fuel tank at the Clinton Reservoir project was reported to have ruptured this week, but the diesel fuel in the tank had been saved and the incident had not disrupted work at all, according to a project superintendent. Work on the construction of the earthen dam at Clinton had been slowed because of weather.

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