Archive for Thursday, June 21, 2007

Safety touted as street reopens

June 21, 2007

The wait is over for residents in northeast Lansing.

East Eisenhower Road from Kansas Highway 7 to Kansas Highway 5 has been completely reopened to traffic as of June 6.

The project, which began in early September of last year, was the city's effort to bring the half-mile stretch of road up to current street standards.

Some of the upgrades made by crews were increasing the road's width to 32 feet, putting in new gutters and sewers to improve drainage and evening out the slopes of the hills.

Ken Miller, the city's Main Street Project liaison, said it was clear to see the improvements just by standing at one end of the stretch of road.

He said the biggest factor the project helped with was safety. Before, the road had many hills making it hard to view oncoming traffic, but he said now that shouldn't be as much of a problem.

The need for the construction project came about as traffic counts began to increase along East Eisenhower Road, he said.

While not all of the bills have come in yet, Miller said he expected the total cost of the project to be around $2.1 million. The city was responsible for about $815,000 of the cost, while the Kansas Department of Transportation covered the rest.

Charley Shoemaker, 607 E. Eisenhower Rd., said at times the construction was bothersome especially when it came to parking, but overall he was pleased with the way it came out.

He said you couldn't have a project that big without having some inconvenience placed on the surrounding residents. But the crews and city officials were accommodating most of the time, he added.

The new streetlights and sidewalks were big improvements for Shoemaker, who said now the children along the street would be safer.

The finished product, however, didn't please everyone.

Charles Jordan, who owned a house with his brother at 606 E. Eisenhower Rd., said he was less than satisfied with the finished results around his property.

Jordan isn't happy with the way his new driveway was built. He said he was told it would be as good or better than his old one but said that wasn't what happened. Jordan said that the new driveway is too narrow and doesn't drain water correctly so when it rains his basement floods.

While he is glad to see the main road get updated, he said he still was waiting on the city to come out and correct the driveway problems.

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