K-32 bridge project complete
Traffic along Kansas Highway 32 between the metropolitan area and Lawrence is back to a free flow. As of Thursday, reconstruction of the bridge over Stranger Creek, a $3.12 million project, was complete.
"Everything is done," said Ken Johnson, vice president and bridge division manager for BRB Contractors Inc., a Topeka company. "We have some seeding left to do, but other than that the roadway is completely done. ... It's definitely an improvement."
The Kansas Department of Transportation hired BRB Contractors to complete the bridge project.
Since November 2004, construction crews from BRB have been working on replacing the Stranger Creek bridge, which dated back to the 1930s. To keep traffic moving, the two-lane bridge had to be completed one lane at a time, and traffic flow was regulated by a traffic signal.
The new bridge is 20 feet wider than the old bridge and 10 feet was added to the shoulders, Johnson said. Also, construction crews moved the west end of the bridge back 80 feet, he added.
Construction slowed in the early going of the project due to inclement weather, but Johnson said his company was able to finish the project on time because better weather allowed workers to pick up the pace in recent months.