Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2005

K-5 traffic detoured for bridge work

July 14, 2005

Those who regularly drive on Kansas Highway 5 should get used to the detour that diverts them off the road on Lansing's east side.

Paul Gripika, a field engineering administrator with the Kansas Department of Transportation, said construction on the road and the accompanying detour might continue into November.

"It should take around 80 working days to complete," he said. "Those aren't calendar days, so we'll probably be working for another four months."

Bridges that run over Seven-Mile Creek and Nine-Mile Creek are being repaired on K-5.

The Nine-Mile Creek bridge is undergoing concrete repairs that could take as few as 60 working days to complete, Gripika said. Traffic is being detoured off K-5 to East Mary Street and Kansas Highway 7.

The Seven-Mile Creek bridge is being completely rebuilt and will take longer to repair.

No through traffic is being allowed in the area, but there is one open lane, going both ways, between the two bridges.

Gripika added that he didn't expect many long traffic delays because only local traffic travels through the relatively unpopulated area.

"There's not much distance between the two bridges," Gripika said. "There's actually only one resident that lives between the bridges."

King Construction Co. is the contractor on the $600,000 project, which began Monday.

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