Archive for Monday, August 27, 2012

Baldwin City 6th Street project’s 2nd phase nearly finished

August 27, 2012

Route 1055 (6th Street) in Baldwin City from approximately 100 feet south of the westward leg of N 400 Road to Route 12 (State Lake Road) will be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, September 4 for reconstruction. This portion of Route 1055 is the third and final phase of the project to reconstruct Route 1055 (6th Street) from US-56 highway to Route 12. It is anticipated this section of Route 1055 will be closed through December 1, weather permitting.

Phase 3 construction extends to approximately 500 feet north of the intersection of Route 12 (State Lake Road) with Route 1055 (6th Street). The intersection will have intermittent closures during Phase 3 construction. The intersection will be closed for approximately two days early in Phase 3 construction to allow pavement milling through the intersection. It will then be closed several days to allow installation of storm sewers and drainage improvements. Later, it will be closed for several days to allow grading and paving operations through the intersection. For much of Phase 3 construction, the intersection will remain open to traffic.

The intersection of the westward leg of N 400 Road with Route 1055 (6th Street) will remain closed throughout Phase 3 construction.

A detour will be marked for through traffic on Route 1055. The detour follows US-56 highway west to US-59 highway, north to Route 460 (N 650 Road), then east to Route 1055 (E 1700 Road). Local access to properties within the project limits will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.

Reconstruction of this section of Route 1055 is the final phase of a larger project to reconstruct Route 1055 (6th Street) from US-56 highway (Ames Street) to Route 12 (State Lake Road). The work is being completed in three phases with the contractor generally working from south to north. It is currently anticipated Phase 2, from approximately 100’ south of Firetree Avenue to approximately 100’ south of the westward leg of N 400 Road, will be substantially complete and opened to traffic on Friday, August 31. Phase 3 construction will commence immediately after substantial completion of Phase 2 construction. Closures of Route 1055 are proceeding northward with each phase. It is planned to have Route 1055 open to unrestricted traffic throughout the project length by December 1, weather permitting.

The project involves reconstructing Route 1055 (6th Street) from US-56 highway (Ames Street) to Route 12 (State Lake Road). The road is being reconstructed to a three-lane urban arterial-type roadway with a continuous center turn lane, storm sewers and sidewalks. The north leg of the Route 1055 intersection with Route 12 (State Lake Road) will be widened to add a southbound left-turn lane. The north and south legs of the Route 1055/US-56 intersection were widened as part of Phase 1 construction to allow an additional turn lane and better alignment of the through lanes on each side of the intersection. New traffic signals will be installed at the intersection.

Douglas County awarded the construction contract to R.D. Johnson Construction of Lawrence. They were the low bidder with a bid of $2,551,000.

KDOT is funding 100% of construction costs for improvements to the US-56/Route 1055 intersection. Baldwin City and Douglas County will equally share all construction costs for improvements north of the intersection, except for sidewalks. Baldwin City is responsible for all sidewalk costs.

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