Archive for Thursday, August 18, 2005

Work progresses on Eisenhower

August 18, 2005

Four months after being closed for construction work, the intersection at De Soto and Eisenhower roads is open to traffic again.

Crews took down barriers Tuesday at the intersection, which was closed April 12 as part of a project to widen the intersection and install new curbing on De Soto. Also Tuesday, barriers were raised across the street at Eisenhower and Shrine Park Road in Leavenworth.

The intersection work is being done in conjunction with a $3.9 million project to widen Eisenhower to four lanes, from De Soto to 155th Street. Work has been completed on the southern two lanes of the project. Crews with the project contractor, Overland Park-based Apac, now will turn their focus to the northern two lanes.

Traffic on Eisenhower now will be diverted to the newly built lanes while the old, two-lane road west of De Soto will be removed and rebuilt.

The Eisenhower widening is slated to be finished sometime this fall, said Mike McDonald, Leavenworth city engineer.

"In theory, it'll be done before it snows this winter," he said.

New for drivers is a left turn lane for northbound traffic on De Soto at Eisenhower. Ultimately, there will be a dedicated left-turn lane for southbound traffic on Shrine Park Road, which De Soto becomes in Leavenworth.

Work on the intersection of De Soto and Eisenhower originally included some widening and installation of curbing. In May, Lansing City Council members approved expanding the project by up to $25,000 to include the turn lane.

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