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On Monday, Aug. 4, an expansion joint replacement project will begin on the westbound I-670 over 7th Street bridge in Kansas City, Kan.

Project work includes the replacement of the bridge expansion joints, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. Work will take place during daylight hours, Monday through Friday, with some occasional Saturday work.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, westbound I-670 over the 7th Street bridge from the Kansas-Missouri state line west to just past the west end of the bridge will be reduced to one open lane while crews set traffic control for the project work zone.

Then sometime later that same day, westbound I-670 over the 7th Street bridge from the Kansas-Missouri state line west to just past the west end of the bridge will be reduced to two open lanes, 24/7 round the clock, throughout the project duration.

Traffic will be detoured through the project work zone via concrete barrier, signage and cones. The traffic control for this project will be directly adjacent to a Missouri Department of Transportation bridge repair project that has one lane of westbound I-670 over Genessee-Wyoming-Liberty-Beardsley roads closed in the West Bottoms area. KDOT and MoDOT plan to coordinate traffic control on both projects to minimize the overall traffic effect for the traveling public.

Advance message boards will alert traffic to the westbound I-670 lane closure. There will be an 11-foot lane width restriction through the project work zone throughout the duration of the project. Drivers should expect delays during peak commute times and may wish to use alternate routes if possible, a KDOT spokesman said.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and the entire Kansas City Metro Area can be viewed online: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

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.

PCI, St. Michael, Minn., is the primary contractor on this bridge joint repair project with a total contract cost of $750,000. The scheduled completion date for the overall project is mid-October 2014, weather permitting.

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

by Lou Braswell

Christmas in July, on Saturday, sounds like fun and the Leavenworth Road Association will have a booth there, promoting our organization, selling our shirts and promoting and selling tickets to our fundraising dinner-dance.

The event is from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Wyandotte County Lake Park, Beach Shelter.

There are 32 pontoon boats signed up for a parade to start at 8 p.m. A food booth also will be available. The event has several sponsors, including the Unified Government, the Kansas City, Kan., Public Libraries and the Piper Optimist Club. For more information, call 913-573-8327.

We need volunteers; let me know if you want to help.

An update on Leavenworth Road Association’s summer youth program:

We were able to place every applicant, and the reports from the mentors are overwhelming. The youth are magnificent.

The program will come to an end July 30.

Lou Braswell is the executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.

The Kansas City, Kan., Board of Public Utilities Ethics Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, in Conference Room B, West Wyandotte Public Library, 1737 N. 82nd St., Kansas City, Kan.

The purpose of the Ethics Commission is to ensure proper implementation of BPU’s code of ethics and to review and report on all violations of the ethics policy, a spokesman said.

The BPU Ethics Commission Hotline is 913-271-6337. The email is bpuethics@gmail.com.

A spokesman for the Kansas City T-Bones said terms have been reached with the team’s 2013 Player of the Year, infielder Matt Padgett.

Padgett, 36, has spent the 2014 season with Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League, where he batted .294 in 85 games with 95 hits, including 22 doubles and 10 home runs, and 60 RBIs. He was selected earlier this season for the league’s all-star game.

Padgett, who was the American Association-PointStreak Hitter of the Month in July 2013 while with the T-Bones, was one of the top hitters in the league last season before being traded to New Jersey of the Can-Am League in August. He had a .337 batting average with 19 home runs, 33 doubles, 66 RBIs and a .650 slugging percentage in 82 games for Kansas City. The T-Bones reacquired Padgett’s rights in September.

“We’re excited to welcome Padgett back,” said T-Bones vice president and general manager Chris Browne. “He’s a veteran hitter that will be an asset on the field and in the clubhouse, plus he’s a fan favorite.”

The 2014 season is Padgett’s 17th professional season. Padgett, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds from Lexington, S.C., is a career .274 hitter with 417 doubles, 199 home runs and 1,026 RBIs in 1,806 games.

Padgett is expected to be in uniform for the T-Bones on Friday night when the team starts a three-game series at Lincoln.

To meet league roster requirements with the signing of Padgett and to strengthen their bullpen, the T-Bones have traded infielder-outfielder David Espinosa to Wichita in exchange for pitcher Patrick Mincey. According to American Association rules, each team is allowed a maximum of five veteran players. Both Padgett and Espinosa are veterans.

Mincey, a 6-foot-3 and 190-pound right hander, is 2-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 26 games this season with the Wingnuts. Although he hasn’t been used as the closer in Wichita, Mincey had 24 saves in 2013 for Grand Prairie, and 41 overall in two-plus professional seasons.

“You hate to lose a player like Espy,” Browne said. “He’s been a class act on and off the field this summer. We wish him the best. But it’s simply a numbers game with the roster, and in this case, it’s kind of a two-for-one deal. We add a veteran bat with some pop in Padgett and we bolster our bullpen with Mincey.”

Mincey is expected to be in uniform for Kansas City tonight as the T-Bones conclude the series against Grand Prairie at CommunityAmerica Ballpark in Kansas City, Kan.

- Story from T-Bones

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Operation School Supplies will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 2, at Bonner Springs High School for students in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville School District.

The event is intended to help low-income families with providing school supplies for their children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

To qualify, students must be in the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville district, currently enrolled or a returning student in the district.

Sponsors of the event include the school district, Vaughn-Trent Community Services, Fellowship West, Bonner Springs City Library, Walmart, Lagasse Sweet, and churches, businesses and individuals.

The defending MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City will play host to the defending English Premier League champions Manchester City at 8 p.m. Wednesday night at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The match will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes with radio coverage in Kansas City on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340. A limited number of tickets may still remain for Wednesday’s match and may be available at Ticketmaster.com.

The international friendly will consist of two 45-minute halves. If the match is tied at the conclusion of regulation, the two teams will go directly to a penalty kick shootout. The winner of Wednesday’s friendly will take home the Champions Shield.

Sporting KC hoisted the MLS Cup on Dec. 7 defeating Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park. At the end of regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods, the match was tied 1-1 before eventually being decided by the longest penalty kick shootout in MLS history. Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin was named MLS Cup MVP for his equalizer in regulation and game-winning penalty kick.

Sporting KC currently sits atop the Eastern Conference with 32 points and a 10-5-5 record that includes five victories in the club’s last six MLS matches. Midfielders Benny Feilhaber and Lawrence Olum each netted a goal in Sporting KC’s 2-1 victory last Saturday over the LA Galaxy. Feilhaber’s goal was his second in as many matches earning him MLS Player of the Week honors for Week 19.

Manchester City enters the midweek match as part of a preseason tour in the United States to prepare for the 2014-15 English Premier League season.

Sporting Kansas City will be the first of Manchester City’s four scheduled matches in the United States. The marquee match between reigning champions is part of Summer in the Soccer Capital, presented by the Sprint Framily Plan. Following the match against Sporting KC, Manchester City will participate in the inaugural International Champions Cup against Liverpool FC, Olympiacos and AC Milan.

Manchester City finished the 2013-14 season in first place, winning their final match of the season against West Ham United to clinch the Premier League title.

Under first year manager Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City finished with a 27-5-6 record and scored a club record 102 goals. The league title was Manchester City’s second in the previous three seasons. Manchester City also hoisted the Capital One Cup earlier this year and advanced out of the UEFA Champions League group stage.

- Story from Sporting KC