Archive for Sunday, October 27, 2013

Roadwork: Construction planned this week

October 27, 2013



• Beginning Sunday evening, the city’s public works department and BNSF Railway staff will remove an unused rail spur downtown, causing traffic disruption through Wednesday. Sunday’s night’s work, across the roadway at Kentucky and Sixth Streets, will prohibit eastbound traffic on Sixth Street from Vermont to Kentucky Streets until 6 p.m. Monday. Crews will remove the tracks in the 600 block of Vermont Street on Monday evening, preventing motorists from turning south on Vermont until Tuesday afternoon. The third phase of the project will begin Tuesday night when the track from the 600 block of Massachusetts Street will be removed and traffic will not be allowed to turn south on Massachusetts Street until Wednesday afternoon. Traffic control and message boards will be placed on Sixth Street ahead of Sunday’s start time, but detours will not be posted. Instead, city officials say, motorists can use Tennessee Street to access downtown from Sixth Street.

• From Monday through Friday, there will be single-lane closures in the area of Bob Billings Parkway from Wakarusa to Foxfire.

• Construction, which began on Oct. 14, will continue on the intersection of Sixth and George Williams Way. The right lane will be closed for traffic in all directions.

• Traffic has been moved to the newly constructed pavement on the west side of Iowa Street to allow for reconstruction of the original pavement on the east side of the roadway. Traffic will still only have one lane in each direction, but this shift signals the start of the next phase of the Iowa Street reconstruction project. The city will shift traffic after rush hour on Thursday. The project is on schedule to be completed in late November.

• Through traffic has been opened on Wakarusa Drive. Lane closures to the outside lanes will remain while construction occurs on Oread West Drive and the sidewalks on the east and west sides of Wakarusa Drive.

• City maintenance crews will begin pavement patching on Kasold, from Harvard to Bob Billings, starting Monday. There will be signed, single-lane closures during work hours, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• The city will begin a water line project Monday on Highland Drive, from Oxford to Harvard. There will be no parking and the road will be closed to through traffic, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

• Because of the renovation and expansion of the Lawrence Public Library, there are intermittent closures of the street in the 700 block of Vermont or Kentucky when crews need to unload materials for construction.

• The city of Lawrence will replace a water main on Ponderosa from East 27th Street to East 28th Terrace. There will be no parking, and the road will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


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