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NEWS RELEASE
April 16, 2013
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Highway 56 to be closed west of Baldwin City

Baldwin City, Kan. — All lanes of eastbound and westbound U.S. Highway 56 from E. 1400 Road to Sixth Street west of Baldwin City will be closed to through traffic beginning early Thursday, April 18, as part of a project to replace three bridges and improve an intersection, the Kansas Department of Transportation has announced.

Crews began installing traffic control and signage last week. The scheduled completion date for the overall bridge replacement project is mid-October 2013, just before the Maple Leaf Festival. The scheduled completion date for the intersection improvement project is early August 2013. The intersection project includes grading work between E. 1600 Road/Lawrence Street and Bullpup Drive to improve sight distance and add a dedicated westbound U.S. 56 left turn lane to Lawrence Street in Baldwin City.

During the project, here are the recommended routes to the Baldwin City campus:

From Wichita — Take Interstate Highway 35 to the Ottawa exit (Exit 183). Proceed north on U.S. Highway 59, past U.S. Highway 56 to the N. 650 Road exit. Go east on N. 650 to the stop sign at 1055. Turn right on 1055, which becomes Sixth Street, as you enter Baldwin City. Continue south on Sixth Street, crossing the Highway 56 intersection at the stoplight. Also, the Tennessee Road Exit (Highway 193) off I-35 is an option from Wichita.

From Lawrence — Take U.S. Highway 59 south to the N. 650 Road exit. Go east on N. 650 to the stop sign at 1055. Turn right on 1055, which becomes Sixth Street, as you enter Baldwin City. Continue south on Sixth Street, crossing the Highway 56 intersection at the stoplight.

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