Story by Mark Fagan – courtesy the Lawrence Journal World
A stretch of “old” Kansas Highway 10 is back in service, smoothing out a popular route connecting Lawrence and Eudora.
The three-mile section of Douglas County Route 442 — running from a half-mile east of Noria Road to the route’s bridge over the Wakarusa River, just west of Eudora — reopened Tuesday afternoon, after an overhaul that started June 20.
Perry-based Hamm Inc. finished the $1.1 million project two weeks early, having removed the top five inches of pavement and replacing it will a special layer of sealant, topped by another four inches of fresh asphalt.
The persistent bumps caused by shifting joints have been smoothed over by a surface designed to accommodate the road’s 4,000 daily vehicles for years to come.
“The original K-10 was built in the 1930s, and the concrete (base) is actually in decent shape,” said Terese Gorman, engineering division manager for Douglas County. “We think we’ll get another 20 to 25 years of life out of this roadway, with this treatment.
“That doesn’t mean we won’t touch it for 20 to 25 years, but we think we’ve improved the life significantly.”
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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.