Perhaps lost in all of the snow and ice of the last week, which may have dampened enthusiasm somewhat, was the pure joy of having Johnson Drive and Roe Lane open again to traffic.
Johnson Drive in Mission has been blocked at various spots for the last few months as utility crews dug up the street and laid new infrastructure in preparation for the big rebuild coming this year. WaterOne’s replacement of mains running under the street caused complete blockage at various intersections. Many of the other utilities disrupted lanes that sometimes made it hard for customers to slide into parking easily.
The barricades and the steel plates are gone – for now. Next, the street gets rebuilt from storefront to storefront with new sidewalks, streetscape and roadway. The bad news: construction could get started as soon as the weather breaks. The good news: stipulations in the construction contract call for traffic flow to remain open throughout the construction period. It’s still a big project.
In Roeland Park, Roe Lane was closed for a while to replace one of the corroded metal storm drains that ran under the road. It was considered an emergency to get the pipe replaced because of a fear a heavy rain could cause another sinkhole. The pipe has been replaced, pavement fixed and traffic is normal.