FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 10, 2012
Contact: Megan Gilliland, communications manager, (785) 832-3406
City infrastructure improvement projects for the week of August 13
(Lawrence, Kan.) - Infrastructure improvement projects for the week of August 13. NEW! Our construction projects listed are now available in a map format at http://lawks.us/construction-map.
Project: KDOT K-10 Resurfacing Project
Traffic Impact: On Wednesday, August 15, a resurfacing project will begin on an 8.43-mile section of K-10 from the I-70/Kansas Turnpike Lecompton interchange south to the US-59 interchange in Lawrence (Douglas County). Project work includes patching of existing pavement, milling at ramps and bridge approaches, application of a 3/4-inch new asphalt layer on the existing mainline pavement, and the application of a chip seal on the shoulders, followed by all new pavement markings. The resurfacing project will smooth the road and fill surface defects that can shorten pavement life. Work will take place during daylight hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work. On Wednesday/Friday, August 15-17, northbound and southbound K-10 traffic will be reduced to one lane for both directions along with intermittent closures of adjacent cross roads during the project work hours for chip seal work on the shoulder only. Once the chip seal on the shoulders is completed, the project will be suspended until Monday, September 10, when resurfacing work on the mainline lanes will begin. Advance notification will be sent out under separate cover when the project resumes.
Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage, cones and a pilot car and flagger operation. Drivers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes maximum and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible. There will be a posted speed limit of 55 mph and a 12-foot lane width restriction through the project work zone during working hours. No oversized or supersized loads will be allowed through the project work zone. Note: No traffic impacts or project work will take place on University of Kansas home game days in Lawrence. Updated traffic information for this project can be viewed online at: www.ksdot.org/topekametro/laneclose.asp.
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.
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.
Project: 900 block of Massachusetts, fire line replacement
Traffic Impact: The southbound lane in the 900 block of Massachusetts will be closed from Monday-Thursday, August 13-17, to replace a water line for fire protection for a business in the 900 block. No parking will be available on the southbound lane. Motorists can use Vermont or New Hampshire as alternate routes during the replacement.
Project: Storm sewer pipe replacement – Mississippi Street, 9th to 10th Street
Traffic Impact: No Parking on east side of Mississippi Street and north bound traffic detoured during the day while crews are working.
Project: 2012 Overlay Program Phase 2
Traffic Impact: Contractor for the City of Lawrence began mill & overlay/ curb & gutter program on Monday, July 9, 2012. This week’s projects include the following streets: Phase A locations: streets located in the area generally bound by W 2nd to W 6th St and Indiana St to Maine St. These areas will see traffic impacts from some curb and gutter repairs, milling, patching, and overlay work. Also, potential start in Phase B location including Minnesota St north and south of 4th St curb and gutter work. 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 are performing microsurfacing in Phase B & Phase C locations, generally bound by Kasold Dr to Wakarusa Dr & W 6th St to Harvard Rd, with expected completion in mid August. Asphalt Patching in Phase D locations, generally bound by Monterey Way to Wakarusa Dr & Harvard Rd to Inverness Dr/BBPW is estimated to continue in late August followed by microsurfacing (if microsurfacing in Ph.D does not occur this season, it will be planned for Spring 2013). 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: 2012 Concrete Rehabilitation Program
Traffic Impact: Contractors for the City of Lawrence began the concrete rehabilitation program on Monday, April 30, 2012. Concrete streets to experience traffic impacts from patching include: W 11th St from Tennessee to alley (west), N 3rd St from Elm St to Lincoln St, 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: 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 near Lawrence Memorial Hospital will affect Routes 3 and 6, starting Monday, Aug. 6. Work will be done on Arkansas between 3rd and 4th, which is where the two bus shelters are located. The bus shelters on Arkansas will not be served during road construction. However, the bus will still serve the intersection of 4th and Maine.
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