City to consider project to partially rebuild Wakarusa Drive in west Lawrence

Lawrence City Hall is pictured in this file photo.

The Lawrence City Commission is scheduled to get the ball rolling on a project that will rebuild a portion of Wakarusa Drive in west Lawrence.

Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting are being asked to approve a nearly $400,000 contract for engineering work related to rebuilding Wakarusa Drive between Clinton Parkway and Research Park Way.

City officials are recommending the project due to “severe deterioration” of the existing asphalt on the road. The project would include “a full reconstruction of Wakarusa Drive, including concrete pavement, intersection improvements, traffic analysis, sidewalks, bicycle facilities, transit facilities, storm sewer and waterline.”

The $399,855 contract with JEO Consulting Group will cover only the engineering work needed for the project. The total project is expected to cost $7.4 million. Engineering work is expected to begin this year. Construction work is expected to begin in 2022.

Commissioners also are slated to hear an update on the city’s strategic plan as part of their regular agenda. Commissioners, however, aren’t being asked to make any changes to that guiding document.

Commissioners are scheduled to meet at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. The meeting also will be livestreamed, with information available at the city’s website,


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