Archive for Thursday, June 21, 2007

Lenexa to start 83rd/Mize upgrade in late July

June 21, 2007

Road construction at the intersection of Mize Road and 83rd Street is set to begin by the end of July if things go as planned.

Hobie Crane, senior staff engineer for the city of Lenexa, said the scope of the construction project included leveling off about six feet from the top of the hill on 83rd Street, adding left turn lanes from all directions on Mize Road and 83rd Street and installing stoplights at the intersection.

The main priority for the intersection is the sight distance, especially with the opening for Mill Creek Middle School in August significantly increasing traffic at the intersection.

"If you are sitting at Mize on the north side facing south waiting to turn left, it is difficult to see over the hill," Crane said. "The cars come at you fast over the hill."

Denis Johnson, director of facilities for De Soto USD 232, said buses have had a tough time turning at that intersection.

"It's a little bit of a dangerous situation out there right now," he said.

Contractors have been able to bid on the project since May 24, and Crane estimated it would cost Lenexa more than $1 million.

During construction, traffic will be rerouted on a temporary road that will be about 100 feet south of 83rd Street, Crane said.

No bypass will be in place for Mize Road. Instead, traffic will be directed to use Clare Road, which is about a half mile to the east. That means some traffic to Mill Creek Middle School or Mize Elementary might have to travel a little farther.

The contractor that is awarded the bid will have about five months to complete the project, which would be December.

Crane said the recommendation to improve the sight distance at the intersection was based on a report by a consultant.

"It is going to make the roads a lot safer," Crane said. "It is really a bad sight issue right now."

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