December 16, 2009
Construction crews from Iowa-based United Contractors use cranes to dislodge a hunk of bridge steel from the Kansas River bottom, where it’s been stuck since being dropped there by demolition explosives Friday as part of ongoing construction along the Kansas Turnpike. Wednesday’s efforts took more than six hours to free one of three steel support sections, and crews expect to finish the removals by Friday evening. Next up: Blasting more steel from what remains of an original turnpike bridge, either early next week or sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Day. The old bridges are being demolished to make way for a new bridge, part of the turnpike’s ongoing $130 million construction and overhaul project in Lawrence.