Selfishness and stupidity, rolled into a ball

People never cease to amaze me. This story reinforces the stereotypes that we talk about on this blog. No doubt most of these people were fat, smoking a cigarette, and on their way to the closest McDonald's. With a Jesus fish on the back of their automobile.


Opening of U.S. 69 ramp in Overland Park delayed months

Very bad news today for drivers who use U.S. 69 through Overland Park.

If you hoped the northbound ramp to 87th Street would open any time soon, forget it. You’re in for a lengthy wait.

State highway officials say they don’t expect it to open until this spring after several cars plowed through the construction zone and sunk in a concrete quagmire in the early evening hours of Dec. 3.

Workers were getting ready to open the ramp on Dec. 15. Now highway officials say it won’t reopen until spring 2011. The ramp has been closed since last August.

Engineers at the Kansas Department of Transportation have determined that a 1,200-foot section of the ramp on the Overland Park/Lenexa border was damaged when perhaps as many as 10 cars tried to cut through the work zone where concrete was poured.

KDOT said a car and an SUV had driven around the traffic barricades onto the newly poured ramp. The car got stuck at the top of the ramp and the SUV became stuck in the middle of the ramp. KDOT said the case has been referred to Overland Park prosecutors.

Construction crews poured 12 inches of concrete pavement for the ramp on Dec. 3and left the construction site at about 6:30 p.m. KDOT says the construction crews put traffic control devices in place signaling the ramp was closed.

The timing couldn’t be worse for getting the work completed since we’re moving into the heart of winter when weather can impede the work.

The 87th Street ramp is part of an $82 million project to widen U.S. 69 to three lanes in each direction from Interstate 35 to Interstate 435. The project is funded mostly with federal stimulus money.