Archive for Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Stranger Creek bridge work progressing

April 13, 2005

The bridge reconstruction project on Kansas Highway 32 over Stranger Creek will be ongoing for the next six to seven months.

Since November, workers with BRB Contractors of Topeka -- the same company that has been in charge of building Tonganoxie's new sewage treatment plant -- have worked on the bridge project, just east of Linwood.

During that time, ice and winter weather affected progress on the $3.12 million project.

"We've probably had 14 days to 15 days that we couldn't work," said Ken Johnson, vice president and bridge division manager for BRB. "That's a little higher than the average."

But Johnson said workers are looking forward to better weather as they move toward completion of the project -- although the height of Stranger Creek could come into play if spring rains start.

"Right now, I'd say we're looking at October (as a completion date)," Johnson said. "Now that we have some good weather with us, maybe we can make up some time."

During the project, traffic on the bridge is down to one lane, and the flow of traffic is regulated by a traffic signal.

Johnson said that overall the project is going well.

"No accidents, no real problems," Johnson said.

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