FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 1, 2012
Contact: Megan Gilliland, communications manager, (785) 832-3406
City infrastructure improvement projects for the week of June 4
(Lawrence, Kan.) - Infrastructure improvement projects for the week of June 4. NEW! Our construction projects listed are now available in a map format at http://lawks.us/construction-map.
Project: Mill & Overlay – 6th Street from Iowa to Monterey Way
Traffic Impact: Contractors for the City of Lawrence are working on a mill and overlay project on 6th Street from Iowa to Monterey Way. On Monday June 4th, contractors will begin replacement of the curb and gutter on westbound 6th Street from Iowa to Kasold. For a period of 4-6 hours on Monday, the intersection at Kasold and 6th will operate as a 4-way stop without signalization. The outside lane of westbound traffic will be closed during work activities. Work will also focus on installing the eastbound right turn lane at 6th and Kasold and the outside lane of eastbound traffic will be closed at the intersection. For the duration of the project, contractors will keep one lane in each direction available for motorists but delays are expected. Alternate routes include Bob Billings Parkway or 23rd Street. The entire project is due for completion by August 10. General working hours are between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. When overlay operations begin, contractors may work earlier in the day.
Project: Bowersock Mills and Power Co. Conduit Install – Kansas River Bridge
Traffic Impact: KDOT has approved a permit for Bowersock Mills and Power Co. to install conduit on the Kansas River Bridges from May 14 to June 29. Private construction crews will close the inside (west) lane of the northbound bridge between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, to install conduit. Two lanes will be available outside of the posted hours.
Project: KDOT replacement of K-10/23rd Street Bridge between Haskell and Barker
Traffic Impact: Traffic on 23rd Street, between Barker and Haskell Avenues, has been shifted to utilize the shoofly detours on the north and south section of the roadway. Two lanes are available in each direction on the detours but traffic will be noticeably slower and speeds must be reduced on the detours. Bridge demolition is set for mid-June 2012.
Advance message boards will alert drivers to the lane closures. Drivers should expect major delays during peak travel times. Updated traffic information for the K-10/23rd Street bridge replacement project can be viewed online: www.ksdot.org/topekametro/laneclose.asp.
The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through the project work zone.
Project: 2012 Overlay Program Phase 1
Traffic Impact: Contractor for the City of Lawrence began the mill and overlay program on Monday, May 14, 2012. This week’s projects include the following streets: Phase A locations- Wagon Wheel Rd from Harvard to 13th & the general area bound by E 12th St to E 15th St and east of Haskell Ave and Phase B locations- Massachusetts Street, Barker Avenue, Winona Avenue, Pawnee Avenue, and Indian Avenue (all south of 23rd Street). These areas will see traffic impacts from asphalt patching, milling, and overlay; through traffic in both directions will be generally maintained throughout the project with flaggers, traffic control devices and signage. There is a possibility of street closures, if necessary, especially during the day(s) of asphalt overlay. Residences and businesses will be notified if access to driveways will be restricted while work is performed. Please see the following link for mapped work locations for the entire street maintenance program for 2012: http://lawrenceks.org/public_works/files/2012_comprehensive_street_maintenance.pdf.
Project: 2012 Microsurfacing Program
Traffic Impact: Contractors for the City of Lawrence will continue to patch, with later surface sealing, as part of the microsurfacing program. Asphalt Patching in Phase B locations, generally bound by Kasold Dr to Monterey Way & W 6th St to Harvard Rd, will continue. Asphalt Patching in Phase C locations, generally bound by Monterey Way to Wakarusa Dr & W 6th to Harvard Rd will begin. For patching and microsurfacing locations, through traffic in both directions will be generally maintained throughout the project with flaggers, traffic control devices, and signage. There is a possibility of street closures on residential streets only, if necessary. Please see the following link for mapped work locations for the entire street maintenance program for 2012: http://lawrenceks.org/public_works/files/2012_comprehensive_street_maintenance.pdf.
Project: Utility Department water main replacement
Traffic Impact: The City of Lawrence Utility Department will replace a water main on Valley Lane from University Drive to Rain Tree Place. No parking will be allowed in the area and the road will be closed to thru traffic (resident access will be allowed). The project is expected to be completed June 15.
Project: 2012 Concrete Rehabilitation Program
Traffic Impact: Contractors for the City of Lawrence began Phase A of the concrete rehabilitation program on Monday, April 30, 2012. Concrete streets to experience traffic impacts from patching include N 3rd St from Elm St to Maiden Ln, Lincoln St and Perry St from N 2nd St to N 3rd St. Through traffic in both directions will be generally maintained throughout the project with flaggers, traffic control devices and signage. There is a possibility of street closures, if necessary. Residences and businesses will be notified if access to driveways will be restricted while work is performed. Please see the following link for mapped work locations for the entire street maintenance program for 2012: http://lawrenceks.org/public_works/files/2012_comprehensive_street_maintenance.pdf.
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: 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: Miscellaneous Pump Station Reconstruction
Traffic Impact: EmCon, Inc. is reconstructing pump stations 35 and 37 and decommissioning pump station 28 as part of City project No. UT0919CS. The work involves the installation of gravity and force main sanitary sewer lines and pump station facilities. Work on pump stations 28 and 35 will impact Sandpiper Drive, North Michigan Street, Pike’s Peek Place, and Riverridge Road. Residents can expect to see construction equipment, materials, and construction activity within public right-of-way and utility easements. Work on pump station 37 will impact East 1500 Road from Elmwood Street to the pump station site located approximately 900 feet east of Lindenwood Lane. Residents can expect to see construction equipment, materials, and construction activity within the public right-of-way and utility easements. No access restrictions, lane closures, or detours are planned as part of this project.
Project: Wimbledon Drive Watermain Replacement
Traffic Impact: Westland Construction, Inc. is replacing the watermain on Wimbledon Drive from Inverness Drive to Crossgate Drive. Access to Wimbledon Drive from Inverness Drive may be limited to a single lane as necessary to install the new watermain but will remain open throughout construction. Access to Wimbledon Terrace and Wimbledon Circle from Wimbledon Drive will be maintained during construction, however, this access may be limited to a single location from Wimbledon Drive as necessary to complete the installation of the new watermain and make connections to the existing system at these intersections. Access to private driveways will be maintained throughout construction.
Road construction on Constant Avenue, on the west side of campus, has begun. This will affect Route 11 and Route 41, which will both be on a reroute to avoid the affected area. For assistance with trip planning, visit www.lawrencetransit.org or call (785) 864-4644. Construction is expected to last until August 1.
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