Westbound Exit in Lawrence to Close for Months

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ One of the two westbound exits from Lawrence onto the Kansas Turnpike will close next month.

Turnpike Authority officials say they're starting a $140 million project to replace its bridges over the Kansas River near the city. The work is supposed to start June 16.

The plan is to replace existing two-lane bridges built in the 1950s with three-lane bridges. The entire project is expected to take about three years.

Turnpike officials said the work should have a minimal effect on traffic.

But motorists won't be able to use the west Lawrence exit, exit 202, to get on the westbound turnpike for about six months.

They'll have to get on the turnpike at Lecompton, exit 197, or east Lawrence, exit 204.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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