Archive for Thursday, May 29, 2014

South Lawrence Trafficway construction to limit access to Lawrence

May 29, 2014

Baldwin City residents accessing east and central Lawrence from Douglas County Road 1055 will soon see their options limited.

For several months, Haskell Avenue, which CR 1055 becomes within the Lawrence city limits, has been closed at 31st Street in Lawrence for work related to the construction of the Kansas Highway 10 South Lawrence Trafficway. That forced many Baldwin City motorists driving to destinations in east and central Lawrence to detour west to Louisiana Street.

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced that beginning Tuesday, June 2, Louisiana Street will be closed south of 31st Street for a bridge replacement related to the SLT project. Additionally, 31st Street will be closed west of Louisiana Street for about a quarter mile for a culvert replacement and realignment related to the trafficway.

A KDOT news release said 31st Street is expected to reopen in mid-summer 2015, weather permitting, and the relocated Louisiana Street is expected to open in the late summer 2015. The overall scheduled completion date of the SLT project is fall 2016.

The closures mean access to Lawrence still will be available via CR 1055, 31st Street and Louisiana Street, but not from Louisiana Street off North 1100 Road or CR 458 farther to the south. Those routes now allow motorists to avoid construction activity of CR 1055 south of Lawrence.

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