Archive for Friday, August 17, 2007

Women’s Bridge on High Street finally open to traffic

August 17, 2007

At long last, the Women's Bridge on High Street is open for vehicle traffic. It had been closed since December for a $1.2 million restoration project.

Workers installed railings on both sides of the bridge Thursday and Friday. They indicated Thursday that they thought the bridge would be open Friday morning. They just barely made it.

"It's open now, opened around noon," said City Administrator Jeff Dingman on Friday. "There's still some work to do on touching up the railings they've put up, adding some more railings down the walkway, installing benches, a historical marker and landscaping.

"But the road is open and the detour signs have been removed," said Dingman.

The project was expected to be completed in June. That date was moved up to mid August for various reasons, mostly the railing.

The bridge is between 10th and 11th streets and had forced detours to West Baldwin since the project was started. The Kansas Department of Transportation paid for 80 percent of the cost.

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