K-7 over Piper Creek bridge replacement project begins in KCK

The Piper Creek bridge replacement project began May 1 in Kansas City, Kan., and will continue through September. (KDOT photo)

On Thursday, May 1, a project began to replace the bridge on southbound U.S. 73-K-7 over Piper Creek (located between Leavenworth Road and Parallel Parkway) in Wyandotte County.

Project work includes replacing the existing 24-foot (2 12-foot lanes only) slab bridge structure with a 40-foot (2 12-foot lanes with 8-foot shoulders) haunch slab structure, according to a Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman. Work will take place Monday through Friday during daylight hours.

Crews will begin by installing traffic control and temporary traffic signals at U.S. 73-K-7 and Leavenworth Road intersection. Then sometime in mid-May, northbound and southbound U.S. 73-K-7 traffic will be placed side by side, one lane each direction, in the northbound U.S. 73-K-7 lanes from Parallel Parkway to Donahoo Road throughout the project duration.

Traffic will be directed via signs, cones and arrow boards through the project work zone. There will be a posted speed limit of 55 mph through the project work zone throughout the project duration.

Drivers should expect delays, primarily during heavy peak time commutes, throughout the project duration. Updated traffic information for this project and all Kansas City Metro projects can be viewed online at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

Pyramid Contractors of Olathe, Kan., is the primary contractor on this bridge replacement project with a total contract cost of $1.844 million. The scheduled completion date for the entire project is late September 2014, weather permitting.

This project is funded by T-WORKS, the transportation program passed by the Kansas Legislature in May 2010. Find out more about this and other T-WORKS projects at: http://kdotapp.ksdot.org/TWorks/.

Piper results

Piper High School  – golf at Atchison
– 1st place as a team
– 1st Eric Pahls 74
– 2nd Alec Wueller 76

Piper High School – swimming at Turner
Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
3rd Rachael Morris
Hope Grable
Carly Johnson
Megan Dailey
Girls 200 Yard Freestyle
4th Patricia Telthorst
Girls 200 Yard IM
1st Megan Dailey
Girls 50 Yard Freestyle
5th Rachael Morris
Girls 100 Yard Butterfly
1st Carly Johnson
Girls 100 Yard Freestyle
4th Megan Dailey State Consideration time
Girls 500 Yard Freestyle
3rd Carly Johnson
Girls 200 Free Relay
1st  Rachael Morris State Qualifying time
Megan Dailey
Taylor DeWitt
Carly  Johnson
Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke
3rd Hope Grable

–    from Doug Key, Piper activities director

Rotary recognizes outstanding teachers

Outstanding teachers recognized by the Rotary Club on April 29 included, left to right, Meghan Stigge, Piper High School; Valerie Burch, Turner High School; Ken Davis, KCK Rotary Club member; Dan Shaver, Bishop Ward High School; Katie Brugger, Wyandotte High School; Kathy Clark, Harmon High School; Sarah Kolle, Bonner Springs High School; Maria Perez, Schlagle High School; Don Nethicumara, Washington High School; Edward Gunter, Sumner Academy; and George Moody, KCK Rotary Club president. (Rotary photo)

The Kansas City, Kan., Rotary Club, at its April 29 luncheon, recognized outstanding teachers from each of Wyandotte County’s nine high schools.

This is an annual program of the Kansas City, Kan., Rotary Club to show appreciation to teachers in the county that represent the best of the community, a spokesman said.

The teachers were introduced by their school’s administrators and were presented a plaque of appreciation by the club.  A spokesman for the club said it was grateful to the teachers who give of themselves to educate and prepare youth for the future.

To learn more about Rotary International, go to www.Rotary.org. Visit the Kansas City, Kan., Rotary Club’s website at www.rotarydowntownkck.org.

– Information and photo from Rotary Club