Rain, storms likely today

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Showers were moving through Wyandotte County around 7:20 a.m. Thursday, May 22.

The National Weather Service said showers and storms are likely before 11 a.m. Thursday. Today’s temperatures will reach a high of around 78.

Tonight’s forecast also has a 50 percent chance of showers and storms, with a low around 62.

The National Weather Service said a stalled frontal boundary, combined with a system lingering over the southwestern part of the United States, will keep a persistent chance for storms in the region the rest of the week and into the Memorial Day weekend. The storms will likely be scattered, but strong storms cannot be entirely ruled out.

Today, thunderstorms will move into northeast Kansas with the strongest storms able to support some small hail. Further development of storms may occur this afternoon along a stalled front boundary, from central Kansas to central Missouri, with marginally severe hail possible.

On Friday, there will be a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 79.

Friday night, look for a 50 percent chance of showers and storms, with a low around 65.

On Saturday, showers and thunderstorms are likely, with a high near 78.

Rain continues in the forecast through Tuesday.

BPU looks at paperless billing

by William Crum

At tonight’s work session the Board of Public Utilities members discussed the implementation of paperless billing.

This is where you go online and pay your bill. Currently it is being tested by the employees at the Board of Public Utilities. The board plans to implement paperless billing in July of this year.

Another item that was discussed at tonight’s work session was the sale of bonds so the BPU can make capital improvements. Overall it looks very promising that the BPU will be able to sell the bonds on the investment market.

At the regular meeting, Greg Kindle, president of the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, gave a presentation on various new businesses that are coming to Wyandotte County.

One was the Village West apartments’ phase 3. These are apartments that are currently under construction in the western part of our community.

According to Kindle, Wyandotte County is really growing; there are a lot of businesses that want to locate in Wyandotte County. It should be mentioned that the Fairfax industrial area is also going through a revitalization, meaning that more businesses are coming to Wyandotte County.

Expect delays on K-7 from Kansas Avenue to Riverview Avenue

The K-7 construction project from Kansas Avenue to Riverview Avenue is expected to cause traffic delays. (KDOT illustration)

Northbound and southbound K-7 left lanes from south of Kansas Avenue to north of Riverview Avenue will be closed around the clock for pavement reconstruction beginning after morning rush hour on Tuesday, May 27.

The work will continue through late August 2014, weather permitting, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The I-70 to southbound K-7 double-left-turn lane movement will be reduced to one open left-turn lane throughout the project duration, KDOT officials said.

This construction work is part of Phase 1 of the K-7 and I-70 Interchange Project in Wyandotte County.

Initial work includes the construction of median crossovers as traffic will eventually be placed one lane each direction, side by side, onto the existing southbound lanes while the northbound lanes are reconstructed, and then traffic will be shifted onto the new northbound lanes while the southbound lanes are reconstructed.

Traffic will be directed through the project work zone via signage and cones. There will be a 50 mph posted speed limit and 12-foot lane width restriction through the project work zone throughout the project duration. Drivers should expect major delays during peak commutes and should allow extra time for their daily commutes.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and for the entire Kansas City metro area can be viewed online any time at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

The K-7 and I-70 Interchange Project construction information for Phases 1 and 2A-2B, including phasing schedule and traffic impacts, is available online at: http://www.ksdot.org/kcMetro/pdf/K-7%20and%20I-70%20Phase%202B%20Project%20Handout.pdf.

Clarkson Construction is the project contractor on this $18 million construction Phase 1 project. This portion of the project work is scheduled to be completed in late fall 2014.