Archive for Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Work on Missouri River bridge causes delays for motorists

August 18, 2004

Repairs to the deck of the Missouri River bridge in Leavenworth is progressing -- with a few snags.

For the past three weekends, traffic on the Kansas Highway 92 bridge has been reduced to one lane. Work usually is under way between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Monday.

But last weekend, workers ran into problems, according to Paul Gripka, the Kansas Department of Transportation engineer in charge of the project. The bridge decking was in worse shape than expected. So work stretched past the weekend.

"We got it snarled up a little bit," Gripka said of traffic trying to make its way across the bridge on Monday.

On the first weekend, workers patched 95 square yards of decking, Gripka said. On the following weekend, they patched 240 square yards. And the past weekend, they had to patch 440 square yards.

"That's quite a bit when you're chipping all of that out," Gripka said.

The bridge was expected to be open to two lanes of traffic by Tuesday afternoon.

While Gripka said KDOT hopes the project will be completed by the end of October, he said it could take a little more time.

Work will not be performed on Labor Day weekend, he said.

Progressive Contractors Inc., St. Michael, Minn., is the contractor on the $1.2 million project.

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