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New stretch of K-10 opening soon, expected to make drive through Lawrence easier

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -- If you ever drive to Lawrence, Kan., for a sporting event, to shop or to work, your drive is about to get much quicker.

A new stretch of K-10 is opening up soon.

Instead of dealing with traffic and lights on 23rd Street, the main road going through Lawrence, you can zip around all of that.

There are three interchanges on this new highway: at 23rd Street, Haskell, and Iowa – or you can just keep going on the western stretch of K-10 all the way up to I-70.

The project cost more than $180-million to complete, but the good news is they are ahead of schedule.

Although it took crews three years to complete the four lane,  six-mile stretch of K-10, KDOT didn’t expect to finish this project until next March.

The exact opening date for the highway has not yet been released, but there will be a  ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., Friday and then a walk/bike event at noon.

KDOT says the project has the biggest economic impact of all the road expansion projects currently underway.