Two bridges north of Burlingame are now open after an eight-month
Gabe Faimon | Reporter
Frequent travelers between Burlingame and Auburn breathed a collective
sigh of relief last week, after following detours for months during
a bridge repair project.
Direct travel between the two towns resumed the afternoon of Aug.
4, when Shawnee County Public Works removed construction barriers
that had restricted traffic flow. Completion of two replacement
bridges south of Auburn, one over the Wakarusa River and the other
over the north branch of the Wakarusa River, eliminated the need
for a circuitous detour route that had been used for nearly eight
According to Thomas Flanagan, deputy director of Shawnee County
Public Works, the new bridge over the Wakarusa River is 200 feet
long with roadway 32 feet wide. Its predecessor was 170 feet long
with 26 feet for roadway. Project costs totaled $776,069, with $547,744
secured from the Federal Highway Administration and $228,325 from
Shawnee County sales tax.
Flanagan said the new bridge over the north branch of the river
is 130 long, also with a 32-foot wide roadway. It replaced two concrete
box culverts that spanned a total of 40 feet, each with roadway
26 feet wide. Project cost for the smaller bridge totaled $425,902,
funded solely by Shawnee County sales tax.
The two demolished bridges were built in 1948 as part of preparation
for construction of the Kansas Turnpike.
Contractor for the bridge over the Wakarusa River was Bryan-Ohlmeier,
Paola. Midwest Construction Co., Inc., Holton, was the contractor
for the bridge over the north branch of the river.