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Wheel Genius: Four governors back Toyota, bash feds, over recall

Governors in four states with Toyota manufacturing operations are criticizing the federal government’s dealings with the automaker as the company grapples with recalls of millions of vehicles in the United States and abroad. In a letter to Congressional leaders, the governors — of ...

Wheel Genius: Road crews ready for snow’s arrival

The snow plows are on, the salt-and-sand spreaders equipped and personnel in place. Now all Tom Orzulak needs is the snow to stick. Or not. “If anything happens, we’re already on shifts. Everybody knows what to do,” said Orzulak, the city’s street division manager. “We just ...

Join turnpike’s CEO watching Sunday’s bridge blast online

Count Michael Johnston, president and CEO of the Kansas Turnpike Authority, among those who will be following Sunday’s scheduled turnpike bridge blast online at LJWorld.com. Explosions are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, to drop a 250-ton stretch of original steel bridge structure along ...

A Jayhawk’s lament: A Tiger on my tires

Having to buy four new tires for my minivan was bad enough: more than $500, including alignment. But it got even worse when I finally looked over the new Uniroyal AWP II tires that I’ll be living with for the next 70,000 miles. Standing out, in raised rubber on the side walls of each ...

Rain postpones pedestrian, bike counts until Thursday

A volunteer effort to count the number of pedestrians and cyclists using sidewalks and streets in Lawrence is being postponed until Thursday, because of rainy weather. The project had been scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, but persistent rains would have skewed the ...

A KU on Wheels reminder: CALL YOUR MOM

KU students can't say they didn't know. Across campus today, KU on Wheels buses are rolling down Jayhawk Boulevard with a not-so-subtle reminder for students, faculty and staff: CALL YOUR MOTHER That's the message adorning the electronic message boards on the fronts and sides of ...

New Home Depot distribution center set for Topeka

A new regional distribution center for Home Depot is set for opening this fall in Topeka. The 465,000-square-foot center is slated for 74 acres in the Central Crossing Commerce Park, according to USAA Real Estate Co., which is partnering with Seefried Industrial Properties Inc. to develop ...

Sweeping to delay traffic on I-470 in Topeka

All that salt and sand that helped keep traffic moving during winter storms now will cause traffic delays Tuesday and Wednesday along Interstate 470 in Topeka. The left lane will be closed for traffic headed west on the interstate, from the Kansas Turnpike’s toll plaza in southern Topeka ...

U.S. Highway 75 lanes reopen in Shawnee County

The Kansas Department of Transportation reports that, as of 10:45 a.m. today, all lanes had reopened on U.S. Highway 75 near the Kansas Turnpike's South Topeka interchange, where an accident had occurred about 10 a.m. Traffic headed north had been stopped for more than 30 minutes, as crews ...

Drivers, watch out for deer

Hearing a report of 17 deer rambling around along and aside Folks Road, north of Sixth Street, comes as no surprise to Sgt. Steve Lewis of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Especially at sundown, when he spies plenty of others, too. “I’ve seen ’em myself,” Lewis said. “Just ...

Check these lane closures set for Tuesday in Topeka, KC areas

Some updates and new projects that could affect your driving Tuesday in the area: • The right lane for traffic headed south on U.S. Highway 75, on the Westgate bridge in Topeka, will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday for work to repair concrete pavement. • The left lane for ...

All lanes open on I-70 in eastern Topeka, after signs installed

Replacement signs are in place over Interstate 70 in eastern Topeka, and all lanes that had been closed to accommodate the work are now open, a highway spokeswoman said. The installation of new signs and supports, estimated to cost at least $40,000, caused varying lane closures along I-70 ...

Potential traffic delays for Monday through March 6

Scheduled projects that could affect your travel in the region during the coming week: Lawrence • Work continues on The Oread, a hotel and mixed-use project just north of Kansas University’s main campus, and that means ongoing traffic restrictions now expected to last through the ...

KDOT planning for ‘Johnson County Gateway’ at K-10, I-435, I-35

Kansas Highway 10 connects with Interstate 435, which in turn connects with Interstate 35 — while nearly 500,000 vehicles negotiate the involved interchanges each day. The stretch of lanes, bridges and ramps now is the subject of a 27-month study, one designed to come up with solutions for ...

Pavement repairs set for U.S. 69, I-435 in Johnson County

Two delay-causing projects announced Wednesday for area highways, as reported by the Kansas Department of Transportation: • Interstate 435: Traffic headed both east and west will encounter “intermittent” lane closures, between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, from Interstate 35 to State ...

Projects on Naismith Dr., North Ninth St. to squeeze traffic

The city of Lawrence reports two projects that could affect your driving this week: • Traffic headed north on Naismith Drive will be squeezed into one lane at 20th Street Tuesday , while city crews replace a water line. The lane is expected to reopen sometime Tuesday afternoon. • Work ...

Sign repairs to close I-70 lanes, ramps Wednesday in eastern Topeka

Work to repair signs will spur closures Wednesday of lanes and ramps on Interstate 70 near the Adams Street/Banner Trafficway interchange in eastern Topeka, the Kansas Department of Transportation says. Here’s the info announced Monday by the department, including the schedule for ...

Twitter: Where transportation news moves fast

Can’t wait for the latest in transportation news?Hop on Twitter.The Kansas Department of Transportation is offering up-to-the-moment text updates about traffic problems, weather conditions and road projects at two accounts on Twitter.com, the free online networking site that allows users to ...

Highway, road projects could slow your travel this week

A rundown of road and highway projects that could slow your travel in the coming days, taken from information provided by the Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Turnpike Authority:North Second Street• Bridge work adjacent to the Kansas Turnpike in North Lawrence will spur ...

Former Gov. Bill Graves to talk of ‘Transportation at a Crossroads’ at KU

Former Gov. Bill Graves will be back in Kansas this month to discuss the economy’s effect on the transportation of goods.Graves — who is president and chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations — is scheduled to deliver a lecture, “Transportation at a Crossroads,” ...