Archive for Thursday, October 11, 2007

Project winds down

All four lanes of Main St. expected to be open in early November

October 11, 2007

November means leaves are changing color, and, this year, for Lansing residents, it means there will be a lot less of one particular color orange as in the construction cones that have lined Main Street for much of the past 18 months.

Main Street Project Liaison Ken Miller announced at Thursday's Lansing City Council meeting that, if the weather cooperates and work continues at its current pace, all lanes on Main Street or Kansas Highway 7 should be open by the first week in November.

"I've seen ice storms in October, though," Miller cautioned. "Don't shoot me if it's Nov. 15 or Thanksgiving."

Miller did add the caveat that lane reductions could persist occasionally as light base installation and other minor projects are added, but he said the majority of the $15 million project's work would be completed.

This week's work that led to continued lane reductions included striping and adding new pavement markings.

Miller also said all traffic signals should be fully functional by the end of the week.

He told the council last week's asphalt placement went well and that the only spot still needing asphalt was Holiday Terrace.

Miller said curb and gutter work on Holiday Terrace had been completed, as had 99 percent of the sidewalks for the project, with the exception of the southbound side of Seven-Mile Creek Bridge, where a retaining wall still needs to be finished.

The eastern portion of the intersection of Ida Street and Main Street leading to the entrance of Clear Creek Court was another big advancement in the project, Miller said.

Sodding, which Miller said was running a little behind schedule, could be done as early as next week, Miller said by phone Tuesday.

He added, though, the Kansas Department of Transportation will have to inspect the sod before it's cleared.

Council member Don Studnicka asked when all the streetlights would work, citing several outages on the west side of Main Street.

Miller replied that all lights should be functional in a couple of weeks.

When asked what his reaction will be when construction for the project is complete, Miller said, "As a motorist, I'll be very happy to see a reduction of the orange cones. : You can get an idea of how far we've come already, but you really don't appreciate how much more efficient it will make north-south traffic in Lansing once those cones are gone."

Miller also wanted to recognize Leavenworth Excavating and Equipment Co. for all the work its employees have done as contractor for the project.

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