Construction work to close lanes on Wakarusa Drive; project expected to continue until winter 2024

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City contractors will close lanes on one stretch of Wakarusa Drive, and another lane closure will continue, according to a recent traffic update.

Contractors will begin work on a storm sewer as part of the first phase of the Wakarusa Drive reconstruction project from Clinton Parkway to Research Park Way, or just south of Bob Billings Parkway (15th Street).

Both southbound lanes will be closed from Research Park Way to Wakarusa Court, which is just north of Clinton Parkway (23rd Street), beginning Thursday, Sept. 21, according to the update.

“Drivers in the area should expect impacts to traffic in addition to a sidewalk closure on the west side of Wakarusa Dr.,” according to the update.

The city expects the lane closure to last through spring of 2024, and Wakarusa Drive is scheduled to be completed in winter of 2024. The city will announce updates as the project progresses.

Crews in August also closed two lanes of Wakarusa between Bob Billings and Legends Drive for work on a waterline project. That work was expected to wrap on Aug. 30; however, “Due to project complications, these lane drops will remain in place until further notice,” according to the update.

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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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