Archive for Thursday, April 17, 2003

County moving ahead with controversial Waverly Road project

April 17, 2003

Although it won't be as active in the area as it will be next year, Johnson County will undertake one significant road project near De Soto in the coming months.

Johnson County Public Works Director Norm Bowers said the only project scheduled for the De Soto area this year was the opening of Waverly Road between 103rd and 111th streets.

The project was subject to competing petitions for and against its completion, before the Johnson County Commission ultimately gave the project the green light, Bowers said.

"Not too many people living on Waverly were in favor of the project because of increased traffic," he said. "It won't get much traffic. It's kind of a bypass for Kill Creek in case of an accident."

The county was currently acquiring right of way for approaches to a bridge that would be built south of 103rd Street, Bowers said. Work on the bridge won't be started until fall, he said.

Next year the county would be much more active in De Soto. The county would resurface the deck of the Kansas River bridge at Wyandotte Street and replace its guard rails, Bowers said. It would be a lengthy project that would require workers to chisel off the existing concrete down to the reinforcing steel, he said.

"We'll close down one lane at a time with traffic signals at both ends of the bridge," he said. "It will cause delays, for sure."

Also on next year's county work list was the replacement of a bridge on Lexington Avenue just south of 95th Street, Bowers said. Traffic would be detoured while the bridge was replaced, he said

The new bridge will be slightly wider, but Bowers said the existing bridge was being replaced because of structural problems, not traffic concerns.

"That baby has seen a lot of traffic," he said. "It was built when they put that road in. That's over 60 years ago."

Federal bridge replacement funds will pay for the two 2004 projects, Bowers said.

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