Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2004

Linwood bridge project could cause delays

November 18, 2004

Talk about stop-and-go traffic.

Work now is under way on the Stranger Creek bridge along Kansas Highway 32, just east of Linwood.

That stretch of highway now is reduced to one lane, and a traffic signal is regulating traffic in the area.

The bridge reconstruction project will span the next 10 months or so, according to Ken Johnson, vice president and bridge division manager for BRB Contractors of Topeka. That means it could stretch into September 2005.

BRB is overseeing the $3.12 million project.

Johnson said rain or extremely cold temperatures could slow the project.

"I doubt there will be a whole lot other than that," Johnson said.

And availability of steel could be a factor.

"The steel market is back-logged," Johnson said. "We think we've kind of meshed it to where, as that material is available, it will be ready when we are."

So far this fall, rain has delayed the start of the project. According to the contract, BRB has 200 calendar days to complete the work, without penalty.

And during the next 10 months, Johnson said, he understands that the 3,220 or so drivers who use the road daily may be frustrated with delays at the bridge.

"It's definitely going to slow things down," he said. "I suppose some people will try to find alternative routes."

And he has just one request: "Bear with us. Be patient."

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