Willard Bridge closing for up to 90 days

Shawnee County, Kan. (KSNT) – The Willard Bridge is set to close less than a month from now.

Message boards with the warning will go up two weeks before the tentative closure date of June 12th, according to Shawnee County Public Works Director Tom Vlach. Word came today at the Shawnee County Commission’s regular meeting. You can listen to the meeting here.

The closure will allow crews to tie the roadway to the new bridge that spans the Kansas River, connecting Shawnee and Wabaunsee Counties. The 60-year-old bridge had become dangerously deteriorated…to the point that weight restrictions have been in place for a few years. School bus drivers and farmers have been forced to find much longer, alternate routes around.

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