Construction begins on East 23rd Street in Lawrence; it’s expected to continue through December 2023

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The City of Lawrence has started a three-phase construction project on East 23rd Street that’s expected to last about 18 months.

The project “will include improvements to the pavement, storm sewer, traffic signals, shared-use paths, transit stops, and water mains,” according to a Monday news release.

Work will stretch east from the Haskell Bridge to about 600 feet east of Anderson Road. That’s about halfway between Harper Street and O’Connell Road.

During the first phase:
• Two inside lanes of 23rd Street will be closed between Harper and O’Connell. The work there is expected to take one week.
• Then there will be intermittent closures of one westbound lane at a time to install an asphalt overlay. That’s expected to be completed by the end of July.

The city will release more updates and information on the next phases as the project progresses. The entire project is expected to be completed in December 2023, contingent on weather and other delays, according to the release.

“The City will maintain two-way traffic and access to all properties throughout the project duration. Residents should expect delays in the area and use alternate routes if possible,” according to the release. “Additionally, the City will notify property owners and residents in the project area a minimum of 48 hours before any access restrictions to their property.”

Here’s a larger and more detailed version of the map above, courtesy of the city:


And here’s a satellite view of the area. The red pin is at 23rd and Harper Streets:

Further information about construction projects in Lawrence is available via the city’s website at The city’s interactive map of construction projects is available here.

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