U.S. 56 bridge replacement starts in and west of Baldwin City
A project will begin today to replace three bridges located on a 2.55-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 56 west of Baldwin City. Project work includes the replacement of three bridges located between Douglas County East 1400 Road and 10th Street in Baldwin City. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The eastern-most bridge located within Baldwin City includes the replacement of the existing 27-foot reinforced concrete structure with a 40-foot reinforced concrete rigid frame structure (with two 14-foot lanes, one 12-foot center turn lane and two 5-foot sidewalks on both sides). The middle bridge includes the replacement of a 24-foot reinforced concrete deck girder structure with a 44-foot pre-stress concrete beam structure (with two 12-foot lanes and two 10-foot shoulders). The western-most bridge (closest to U.S. 59) includes the replacement of the existing 24-foot reinforced concrete slab structure with a 44-foot pre-stress concrete beam structure (with two 12-foot lanes and two 10-foot shoulders).
Crews began installing traffic control and signage on Thursday. Advance message boards will alert traffic to the roadway closure. Beginning early morning on Thursday, April 18, all lanes of eastbound and westbound U.S. 56 from E1400 Road to 6th Street in Baldwin City will be closed to through traffic and will remain closed during the duration of the project.
A 30-mile marked state detour route will be provided. Eastbound U.S. 56 traffic will detour via southbound U.S. 59 to northbound Interstate 35 to northbound K-33 back to U.S. 56. Westbound U.S. 56 traffic will detour via southbound K-33 to southbound I-35 to northbound U.S. 59 back to U.S. 56. Drivers should expect delays and must use alternate routes throughout the duration of the project. An aerial view of the project map, including state detour route, is available online at: http://www.ksdot.org/topekaMetro/projectstudytest.asp.
Updated traffic information for this project can be viewed online at: 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.
An intersection improvement project in Baldwin City will also take place in conjunction with the bridge replacement projects beginning on Thursday, April 18. The intersection improvement project includes grading work between E1600 Rd./Lawrence St. and Bullpup Drive to improve sight distance and the addition of a dedicated westbound U.S. 56 left turn lane to Lawrence Street in Baldwin City.
Hamm Inc. of Perry is the primary contractor on this bridge replacement project with a total contract cost of $4.09 million. The scheduled completion date for the overall bridge replacement project is mid-October 2013 or just prior to the Maple Leaf Festival. The scheduled completion date for the intersection improvement project is early August 2013.
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/.