K-5 repair, resurfacing project to begin Aug. 11 in Wyandotte County

A new schedule for the pavement and resurfacing project on K-5 from I-635 to Sunshine Road in Kansas City, Kan., has been announced.

The project now will begin on Monday, Aug. 11, instead of on Aug. 7, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

Project work will take place on the ramps at I-635 and 18th Street, K-5 and 18th Street, and K-5 and 10th Street.

Project work includes pavement patching on K-5 mainline lanes and patching, milling and asphalt overlay on ramps.

Work will take place during daylight hours, from sunrise to sunset, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.

Traffic control installation work will begin the week of Aug. 4 and then starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11, northbound and southbound K-5 from I-635 to Sunshine Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction, 24 hours a day round the clock through the project duration.

There will be a 12-foot lane width restriction and a 45 mph posted speed limit through the project work zone throughout the project duration.
Project work will first be completed on all adjacent ramps during two full 24-hour weekend closures followed by the patching work on K-5 mainline lanes.

The ramps from northbound and southbound I-635 to 18th Street, southbound I-635 to eastbound-northbound K-5, 18th Street to eastbound-northbound K-5 and southbound-westbound K-5 to 10th Street will be closed, 24-7 round the clock, beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14 and will reopen to all traffic at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 18. A marked detour will be provided. I-635 to K-5 ramp traffic will detour to Leavenworth Road then back on northbound I-635 to K-5.

Additional project-related traffic closures will be sent out in advance. Updated daily traffic information for this project and for the entire Kansas Metro Area can be viewed online at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp

Drivers should expect delays and must allow extra time during their daily commutes. The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and slow down when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

Project work is scheduled to be completed in late August 2014, weather permitting.

KCK student receives semester honors at K-State

Jennifer Smisek, Kansas City, Kan., is among the more than 3,400 Kansas State University students who have earned semester honors for their academic performance during the spring 2014 semester.

Students with at least 12 graded hours and whose grade point average for the semester is 3.75 or above receive semester honors. They also receive commendations from their deans and the honors recorded on their permanent academic records.

Dance studio wins several contest awards

Mark Harris and Shelley Judd danced and won awards at the Sunflower Dance Festival recently in Wichita, Kan. (Photo from Walters Dance Studio)

Walters Dance Center, and Kansas City, Kan., were well represented at the 2014 Sunflower Dance Festival in Wichita, Kan.

In Pro-Am Ballroom Competitions, Angela Lamb won first place in many American style dances: Waltz (twice), Fox Trot (twice), Tango, Viennese Waltz (twice), Rumba (twice), and Bolero dancing with her pro, Mark Harris.

Ed Fukunaga won first place more than 20 times in American and International styles dancing with his pro, Shelley Judd.

In the Pro-Am Swing Competitions, Ange Lamb won first place in Swing and first place in Hustle, Jane Buttenhoff won second place in swing, Joann Luedke won third place in Swing, Lorrie McCurdy won fifth place in Swing (and first place in Strictly with Brian Jenks), and Elaine J Wheeler won sixth place in Swing all dancing Pro-Am with Mark Harris. Bryan Jenks won first place and Ron Talbot won third place in Swing dancing with their pro, Mary Harris.

Several dancers placed in the Swing Jack and Jills. In the Newcomer division, Ed Fukunaga and Lorrie McCurdy won first place, Bryan Jenks won second place and Joan Ludeke won third place. Mary Harris won first place in her division in the Swing Jack and Jill.

They really shined in the Pro-Am Country Competitions. Ed Fukunaga won first place. Overall in three Divisions dancing with Shelley Judd. Joann Luedke won first place Overall in Gold Newcomer, Elaine J Wheeler won second place Overall in Gold Newcomer, Rebecca Tippin Moore won second place Overall in Silver Newcomer, Lorrie McCurdy won first place Overall in Silver Novice, Jane Buttenhoff won first place overall in Gold Intermediate, and Roberta Adams received Gold With Honors for her three dances in Pre-Newcomer, all dancing with their pro, Mark Harris. Ted Haase received Gold scores for his four dances in Gold Newcomer dancing with his pro, Priscilla Allen.

Ed Fukunaga won Top Male Student.

Mark Harris won Top Teacher.

Mark Harris and Shelley won first place in Pro-Pro.

Marta Elder judged Country Divisions and Mark Harris judged Swing Jack and Jill contests. Priscilla Allen taught a yoga workshop.