FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 30, 2012
Contact: Megan Gilliland, communications manager, (785) 832-3406
City infrastructure improvement projects for the week of April 2
(Lawrence, Kan.) - Infrastructure improvement projects for the week of April 2
Project: KDOT replacement of K-10/23rd Street Bridge between Haskell and Barker
Traffic Impact: KDOT began the replacement of the 23rd Street Bridge between Haskell and Barker Avenues. Crews began construction work on the shooflys that will be located on the north and south sides of the existing bridge which will handle detoured 23rd Street traffic while the new bridge is under construction. During the construction of the temporary pavement for the shoofly, traffic will be unrestricted on 23rd Street. However, beginning in mid-April through mid-June, there will be intermittent lane closures on 23rd Street as the shoofly connections to 23rd Street are constructed. Construction on the new bridge itself is scheduled to begin in mid-June 2012. Once the bridge construction starts, traffic will be detoured through the project work zone via the shooflys located on the north side and south side of the existing bridge. Two lanes will be maintained in each direction until the new bridge structure is complete and opened to traffic.
The trail and pedestrian sidewalks adjacent to the existing bridge have been closed and will remain closed throughout the project duration. A marked detour will be provided for all pedestrians. Before construction begins on the new bridge structure and traffic is shifted to the shooflys, we will send updated project information out via a separate news release. Updated traffic impacts for this bridge replacement project can be viewed at: www.ksdot.org/topekametro/laneclose.asp. Project work on the bridge is scheduled to be completed by December 2012, while work on the frontage roads and other incidental items is scheduled to be completed mid-summer 2013, weather permitting. This project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010. Find out more about this and other T-WORKS projects at: http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/.
Project: KDOT construction on Kansas River Bridge (northbound lane)
Traffic Impact: For Monday, March 19-Early June 2012 in Lawrence/Douglas County: US-40/US-59 (Kansas River Bridge) EXPECT MAJOR DELAYS! Northbound US-40/US-59 will be reduced to one lane over the Kansas River Bridge in Downtown Lawrence once again so crews can complete overlay work beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 19. Work will take place during the daylight hours only. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 19, crews will begin overlay work on the northbound bridge, which means more equipment and manpower will be on the bridge resulting in traffic traveling much slower during peak times especially causing the potential for increased delays. Drivers should allow extra time or use alternate routes, if possible. This is work that remains from a bridge repair and resurfacing project that began in early August 2011. The project was suspended for winter shutdown in mid-November 2011
The overlay work on the northbound bridge is scheduled to be completed in early June 2012, weather permitting.
Project: North 3rd Street at the KTA Entrance/Exit
Traffic Impact: The City of Lawrence Street Maintenance crews and Parks and Recreation Department began an island repair and beautification project on Monday, March 12, on North 3rd Street at the KTA entrance/exit. Crews will work during daytime business hours and northbound traffic will be restricted to one lane on North 3rd while crews are working. The entrance/exit to KTA may be affected with narrower lanes but will remain open to thru traffic.
Project: Kasold Street patching
Traffic Impact: City of Lawrence street maintenance crews began work on March 6 on Kasold Street, from Bob Billings Parkway to 8th Street, to perform milling and patching of stressed areas. The project is expected to last until April 6, depending on conditions found during milling. One lane will be closed in the area crews are working. Crews will work Tuesday-Friday on this project only.
Project: 17th and Massachusetts sanitary sewer
Traffic Impact: Private contractors are installing a sanitary sewer as part of the Dillons grocery store reconstruction on Massachusetts between 17th and 19th Street. For safety of the construction crews, some areas have been reduced to one-lane in each direction. Crews have been replacing the sanitary sewer in the intersection of 17th and Massachusetts and will continue the project southward on Massachusetts. Approximately 800-feet of sewer will be replaced with the project. The eastern-most lane of Massachusetts Street, from 17th to the entry of the Dillons property, will be affected throughout the replacement and the lane will be opened as construction work moves south from the intersection.
Project: Kaw Water Plant construction
Traffic Impact: The Lawrence Utilities Department began construction on March 5 on transmission piping and valves coming from the Kaw Water Treatment Plant. The project is expected to last through the end of March. This construction will require that the plant be shut down through this time period. Street closures with this project include 3rd Street from Indiana to Mississippi and Indiana Street from 3rd Street to the Burcham Park entrance. The park entrance will remain open and accessible via 2nd Street. Traffic impact scheduled to last through April 6, 2012.
Project: Minnesota Street waterline replacement
Traffic Impact: On March 5, city crews began this project which involves the replacement of a waterline on Minnesota St. from W. 5th to W. 6th Street. The project should be completed April 13 and will be completed during the weekday working hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Work will be completed primarily within the city’s street right-of-way. Temporary No Parking zones will be established in the work site area, in addition to other parking restrictions on an as-needed basis. Cars parked in No Parking zones will be towed. Local traffic access will be maintained at all times. Temporary street closings may occur at intersections while work is in process in the area.
Project: 6th Street turn-lane
Traffic Impact: Private contractors are in the process of extending the roadway on 6th Street, west of George Williams Way. One lane of westbound 6th Street, west of George Williams Way will be closed intermittently during construction, which is expected to last until the end of May.
Project: Levee trail detour for power plant expansion
Traffic Impact: A portion of the Kansas River levee trail has been closed for the construction of the Bowersock Mills & Power Co.’s new plant on the north bank of the Kansas River. A detour on the trail will take users from the trail to city streets crossing at the controlled intersection of 2nd and Locust Streets. Signage will be clearly posted marking the detour route to direct users throughout the detour. The city urges drivers and trail users to use caution when travelling through the intersection. The detour will run for the duration of the project, which is projected to last 20 months (starting April 2011). For more information, contact the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Administrative Office, at (785) 832-3450.
Project: Lawrence Municipal Airport sanitary sewer improvements
Traffic Impact: No impacts at this time, construction activities are currently on hold.
Project: 23rd Street Bridge utilities relocation
Traffic Impact: The Utility Department will relocate the water lines along 23rd Street from Approximately Barker Avenue to just east of the Douglas County Maintenance yard at 711 E. 23rd Street and reconstruct sanitary sewer piping along the Burroughs Creek alignment north and south of E. 23rd Street. The project began in December of 2011 and will continue to June 2012. No traffic impacts to E. 23rd Street are anticipated as part of this project. North Perimeter Road and E. 23rd Street Frontage Road will be closed to through traffic during construction. Access to E. Perimeter Road, Douglas County Maintenance Yard, and businesses along E. 23rd Frontage Road will be maintained at all times during construction.
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