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Gathering to celebrate impending completion of 23rd Street construction

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As long-lasting construction work on East 23rd Street nears its end, Lawrence community members are invited to a gathering to celebrate.

The work on East 23rd Street began in summer of 2022. The street has been reduced to one lane in both directions for a little more than a mile for the duration of the project. The city initially announced that the work would take about 18 months. Pending weather delays, the project is still on track.

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All lanes of Haskell Avenue, Harper Street and westbound 23rd Street will open to unrestricted traffic beginning Friday, Dec. 15, according to a recent traffic update from the City of Lawrence.

One lane of eastbound 23rd Street will be closed to allow contractors to install permanent street lights and pavement marking on the south side of the street. That closure is expected to be removed by Tuesday, Dec. 19, according to the update.

The celebration is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 at Fields & Ivy Brewery, 706 E. 23rd St. It is open to the public.

“Stop by, grab some complimentary snacks, check out a much improved driving experience on East 23rd,” Fields & Ivy wrote in a Facebook post.

The project has included more than 41,5000 square yards of new pavement; 3 miles of new curbs and gutters; 3 miles of new water main; 11,000 square yards of shared-use paths; 150 new trees and six new Lawrence Transit stops, according to a news release from the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announcing the celebration.

August Rudisell/Lawrence Times This photo looks east toward the intersection of Harper Street and East 23rd Street, which has been under construction since summer of 2022. 23rd Street is anticipated to reopen completely by Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023.
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