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ATCHISON, KS (2012-03-21)
The first week in September is the target date to have traffic on the new Amelia Earhart Bridge between Kansas and Missouri.
K-Dot Construction engineer Michelle Anschutz says at that same time that 4th Street south at the foot of the Kansas side of the bridge will open, 4th Street north will close to traffic. They hope to have both of those lanes functional by October. K-Dot has a goal to get the bridge to 4 lanes in January or February 2013 and be entirely finished with the new bridge and deconstruction of the old bridge by April of 2013. However, as of now, she says the 4 lanes would merge to 2 as you go into the Missouri side due to MoDOT's lack of funding. Anschutz says the Missouri side will not have lights as of now either on the new bridge. Anschutz gave that update to Atchison City Commissioners who unanimously passed an ordinance that would create a reservation system for the 4 unused city ball fields. City manager Trey Cocking explains the process citizens can use.Commissioners also unanimously passed the lowering of pool admission fees from $2 to $1.
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