Archive for Monday, April 24, 2017

Construction to close gateway intersection to KU campus for much of summer

The City of Lawrence has budgeted about $3.9 million for 2018 to reconstruct 19th Street from Iowa Street to Naismith Drive.

The City of Lawrence has budgeted about $3.9 million for 2018 to reconstruct 19th Street from Iowa Street to Naismith Drive.

April 24, 2017


One of the main entry points to the University of Kansas campus will be closed to traffic for about two months to undergo a multimillion dollar improvement this summer.

The reconstruction of the intersection of 19th Street and Naismith Drive will include a new traffic signal, sidewalks, bicycle lanes and city utility infrastructure, according to City Engineer David Cronin. The reconstruction is estimated to cost $4.5 million.

Earlier this month, the City Commission authorized the use of more than $900,000 of the city’s federal transportation dollars to help pay for the reconstruction. A contract for the project will be awarded soon.

Cronin said the plan is to reconstruct the intersection with concrete pavement and widen it to include bicycle lanes on 19th Street. The sidewalk gap on the north side of 19th Street from Naismith Drive to Alabama Street will also be filled. On the utilities side of the project, Cronin said work includes a new waterline, storm sewer and sanitary sewer.

The 19th and Naismith intersection borders KU’s $350 million Central District redevelopment area, and is one of several street improvement projects recently completed or planned for roadways in that area.

• Last year, after Ousdahl Road was extended north into the central district, an approximately $685,000 project reconstructed the 19th Street and Ousdahl Road intersection and added a traffic signal. Once the central district is complete next year, the 19th and Ousdahl intersection will become the main entrance.

• This year, in addition to the 19th and Naismith intersection, the three-way intersection of Naismith Drive and Crescent Road (in front of the former Jayhawk Bookstore) will be reconstructed. The city and KU are partnering on that project, and the city's estimated cost share of pavement reconstruction is $140,000, according to a city staff memo to the commission. In addition, a $20,000 city traffic-calming project will add a raised median and diverter at the intersection.

• Next year, more street improvements are planned for the area. The city’s draft 2018-2022 capital improvement plan calls for an approximately $3.9 million project to reconstruct 19th Street from Iowa Street to Naismith Drive. That section of the street was given a pavement condition index of about 44 on a scale of 0 to 100. The vast majority of the city’s pavement is rated 70 or above. The commission is scheduled to adopt the draft 2018-2022 capital improvement plan at its meeting May 2.

The $4.5 million reconstruction of the 19th and Naismith intersection will be funded in part by about $908,000 from a federal fund exchange agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation. The commission authorized using this year’s funds to help pay for the intersection’s reconstruction at its meeting April 4.

Bids for the 19th and Naismith intersection project are due Tuesday, and a staff recommendation will come before the City Commission for approval at an upcoming meeting.

Cronin said the 19th and Naismith intersection reconstruction is scheduled to begin about May 15 — the day after KU's commencement ceremonies — and be completed in September. The intersection will be closed to traffic from about May 15 to Aug. 4, he said.


Deborah Snyder 9 months ago

Woah Horses!!! I thought a traffic circle/ round-a-bout was being constructed at this intersection??!

Ms. Valverde, are you sure of your source(s)??

Marilyn Hull 9 months ago

Thank you to the city for making bike lanes and sidewalks part of this project. And thanks for the traffic calming at Crescent and Naismith.

Kevin Kelly 9 months ago

Happy someone gets traffic calming next to campus (and no parking, and lower speed limit). Sure isn't any traffic calming happening along 19th St.

Clara Westphal 9 months ago

The Chi Omega fountain intersection (at the top of the hill) was reconstructed not too long ago. Now there are plans to redo it again

There needs to be more thought put into some of these projects.

Jason Randall 9 months ago

The intersection that is being reconstructed is Naismith and Crescent, not the Chi Omega fountain intersection (Jayhawk Blvd and West Campus Rd)

Richie Kennedy 9 months ago

Clara, l believe you're thinking of the wrong intersection. The intersection being rebuilt this year is the one immediately west of the Chi-O roundabout.

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