City to close New Hampshire Street at 6th Street through mid-September

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Beginning Monday, June 24, city contractors will close New Hampshire Street at Sixth Street to start work on the next phase of the ongoing construction project on Sixth, according to the city’s Friday traffic update.

However, New Hampshire Street will remain open from Seventh Street at all times to allow access to City Hall, Riverfront businesses and the Riverfront parking garage, according to the update.

The closure means that drivers will not be able to head into North Lawrence from the east at the intersection of Sixth and Massachusetts, but access to the bridge will remain open to those heading straight on Massachusetts Street and to those turning left to head north from the west.

Drivers heading south into Lawrence from the Kansas River bridge will need to take Massachusetts Street to Seventh Street and across to New Hampshire, or another alternate route, to access City Hall or the rest of the 600 block of New Hampshire.

In addition, starting Monday, July 1, the Riverfront parking garage will be undergoing maintenance.

Repairs will be divided into multiple phases “to ensure continual access to all Riverfront businesses,” according to the update. “Parking spaces will be available at all times.”

The work on Sixth Street is part of a number of improvement projects along the stretch between Iowa and Massachusetts streets. The work is expected to wrap up this fall, according to the city. More information is available on the city’s website at

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