Archive for Thursday, January 13, 2011

Closed bridge on 158th won’t delay buses

January 13, 2011

Though Basehor-Linwood school buses will probably need to jog their routes one mile over to the west next week with the closing of a bridge on 158th Street south of Basehor, bus schedules should not be thrown off.

Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent David Howard said the district prepared for the closing of the 158th Street bridge over the Kansas Turnpike in advance while planning the bus schedules for this year, as the closing was originally scheduled for the fall. Any buses that previously traveled over the bridge will probably take 166th Street between Kansas Highway 32 and U.S. Highway 24-40, he said.

He guessed that taking 166th Street to Kansas Avenue or U.S. 24-40 would probably be the best alternate route for parents or students driving to Basehor-Linwood High School, Basehor-Linwood Middle School or Glenwood Ridge Elementary School, as well.

“It's going to be inconvenient for a while,” Howard said. “The good news is that most of it will be while we're out of school.”

A replacement of the bridge is set to begin late next week and conclude in early September, said Kansas Turnpike Authority engineer Shannon Moore. Winter weather could possibly delay the project for a few days, he said.

A bridge farther west over the turnpike, on 206th Street south of Tonganoxie, is also being replaced as part of the same project.

“Basically, they've just exceeded their useful life,” Moore said of the two bridges. He said they were not in danger of collapsing, but were had deteriorated enough with age that they needed to be replaced.

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