Douglas County Road 442


Eudora News and

Road maintenance crews will be converging on Eudora starting Wednesday June 27 to begin repairing many of Eudora’s Streets. The biggest project crews will be working on is the repaving of 10th street (aka Old-K10 or Douglas County Road 442).

Starting on Wednesday crews will begin with milling the sides of  the roadway from the east side of the bridge over the Wakarusa River and moving east all the way to K-10.

“Once they get the milling done, which should take somewhere between two and five days, then the overlay process will begin,” according to Mike Hutto, Director of Public Works for the City of Eudora.  Hutto said he expects the entire project to take between two and four weeks, weather permitting.

During the 10th Street phase of the project, streets that intersect 10th will be closed at 10th Street in the areas that crews are working in.

“The Main Street and Church Street intersections will be open through the entire process,” Hutto added. “The side streets will be closed only as long as crews are in that particular section.”

Some delays on 10th Street should be expected where road crews are.

“We will have only one lane of traffic on 10th Street right where the crews are working,” Hutto told us. “There will be a flagman to help direct the one lane section as needed.” You will need to detour to an open intersecting side street to cross 10th Street or use Main or Church Street to traverse across 10th during the construction.

Once the 10th Street repaving is completed, crews will then begin work on some of the side streets and other problem areas,  the biggest of those being 20th Street.

20th Street will be overlayed  from Church Street west to just past Eudora Animal Hospital.  Continuing west of there, 20th Street will be chip sealed all the way to the intersection of Winchester Road. Winchester Road will also be chip sealed from the 20th Street intersection up to the bridge over K-10.

The section that will be overlayed will take about two days and there will be one lane of traffic allowed during crew working hours.  This phase is expected to last two days.  During the chip seal portion of the project, 20th Street will be closed just past Eudora Animal Hospital to Winchester Road for two weeks.

“We will make sure to open that road (referring to west of the vet clinic) on Wednesdays and Sundays to allow access to the churches out there.” Hutto said.

Hutto expected the 20th Street project to start around mid July.

Other streets that will see maintenace during this period include a complete overlay on 12th Street east from Church Street to near Tallgrass Drive, a group of streets east of Winchester and south of 14th Street including Sycamore Street, Stevens Road, Savage Street and Cottonwood Street,  and Ocl Drive south of 10th Street in the Intech Business Park.

Finally, the following locations will get chip sealed:

– Locust Street from 10th to 14th

– Maple Street from 10th to 11th and 12th to 15th

– Fir Street from 10th to 11th

– Pine Street from 10th to 12th

– Spruce Street/W 14th Street/Walnut Street (one long section, editors note: don’t ask me why the street changes names three times) from 10th where it ends at the woods

– Walnut Street from 10th to 12th

– Cherry Street from 10th to 11th

On all the chip and seal streets, the road will be closed only long enough to let the chip and seal cool. They should be open by the evening at the very latest according to Hutto.



Eudora News and Information

The Mother Road doesn’t pass through Eudora, but we do have some road news in our area to pass along.  Today we range from local to regional to state news.

For those that drive Birch Street between 10th and 8th Street in Eudora, make sure to slow down. The Eudora City Council approved a measure last week to reduce the speed limit from 30 m.p.h down to 20 m.p.h.  This was done at the request of Holy Family Catholic Church which is located in the 800 block of Birch Street.

Fr. Pat Riley approached the Eudora Police Department with the request because of several incidents where cars traveling at or above the speed limit, narrowly missed hitting both adults and children as they were going to or from their cars at church events.  The signs were posted and marked with temporary flags last week.

In road construction news, Douglas Country Road 442 , also known as old K-10, was closed on Monday from the Wakarusa Bridge just west of Eudora to the Lawrence City limit (1/2 mile east of Noria Road) to all traffic to overlay the pavement. Motorists are encouraged to use K-10 during the “pavement rehabilitation” project. The road is expected to be completed by July 30, weather permitting.

Finally, in highway related news, The State Legislature, during this years session, passed a measure to increase speeds on some Kansas highways from 70 m.p.h. to 75 m.p.h.  Today, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced that the all interstates in Kansas would have their speed limit increased effective July 1.  This includes the Kansas Turnpike.  The only exceptions will be in the immediate areas of Kansas City and Topeka where the speed limits will remain as currently posted.

I-435 in the Kansas City metro area and K-10 will NOT have any increases in the speed limit.

US 69 from just north of Fort Scott to the 199th Street interchange near Spring Hill will be increased as will US 81 near Salina from I-70 north to K-106.

“These routes were selected by a task force made up of KDOT representatives and the Kansas Highway Patrol. The Kansas Turnpike Authority has also approved the speed limit changes,” said Chris Herrick, director of KDOT’s Division of Planning and Development.