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Directions

The end of the 2013–2014 academic year will mean the beginning of major road construction projects that will alter travel to and around the KU campus throughout the summer. These projects are part of a continued effort to improve some of KU’s most-used roads and intersections.

Detailed information about detours and alternate routes will be available at maps.ku.edu by clicking on the “Construction” label.The projects are:

Daisy Hill construction (Summer 2014): A traffic detour at the intersection of Irving Hill and Engel Roads will begin Monday, June 30. Due to this construction, bus routes 11 and 41 will be rerouted effective Monday, June 30. Since the reroutes would leave significant portions of Daisy Hill without bus service, a modified route 43 will begin service on Monday with a stop at Lewis Hall and operate through the duration of the intersection closure. Reroute information and schedules can be found on the Lawrence transit website.

Jayhawk Boulevard Reconstruction, Phase 2 (May 19 to August 24):Summer 2014 is the second year of KU’s multi-year project to rebuild Jayhawk Boulevard. This second phase extends from Poplar Lane, between Snow Hall and Strong Hall, through and including the four-way stop intersection at Sunflower Road and Jayhawk Boulevard.

Due to numerous factors, the opening date for Jayhawk Boulevard has been delayed until no later than Sunday, August 24.Sidewalks are currently being poured on both sides of the project, and will be complete by the end of the day on Wednesday, August 20.

Landscaping for the project will be completed later in the fall semester to take advantage of ideal planting conditions. As a reminder, if you would like to contribute to restoration of the historic tree canopy, donations are being sought through KU Endowment.

Through access to the Lawrence campus will be blocked at each of the four traffic booths.

Naismith Drive between 15th Street and Crescent Road (May 19 to August 1): Naismith Drive will be reconstructed between 15th Street and Crescent Road beginning May 19. Traffic will be blocked at the four-way stop at Naismith Road and 15th Street and at Crescent Road and 15th Street. Detours around the area will be clearly marked, but generally traffic will use Engel Road and University Drive. A pedestrian route is being developed.

Irving Hill Bridge pedestrian railings replacement (Summer 2014): The railings on the Irving Hill Road bridge over Iowa Street will be replaced during the summer. This project will reduce traffic to one lane at various times. A flagman will be present during construction.

Moving Engel Road/Construction of New Daisy Hill Residence Halls:The construction of two new residence halls on Daisy Hill includes the realignment of Engel Road, creating a quadrangle between the two new halls, Lewis Hall, Hashinger Hall, and Templin Hall.

The new Engel Road remains under construction. Plans to close the existing Engel Road have been put on hold until the new road is completed in early September. 

Work on the intersection at Engel Road and Irving Hill Road will be complete by August 17. Completion of all sidewalks in front of the Daisy Hill residence halls will be complete by August 21.

Traffic will continue to use current Engel Road until the completion of the new road.

Parking Lots 102 & 103 at Lewis and Hashinger Residence Halls are permanently closed for construction of the new residence halls. Temporary parking is provided east of the Lied Center. New parking areas will be provided as part of the project.

A number of parking lots will be closed during the summer for repairs.

  • Lot 34 behind the Computer Services Facility will be partially closed. The section of the lot north of the access drive will be repaired. The remainder of the lot will be open with access from Illinois Street.
  • Parking Lot 221 at Youngberg Hall will be closed for reconstruction. Lot 222 at Youngberg Hall will remain open except for brief closures when the intersection at Lot 221 is reconstructed.
  • Repairs are planned in Lot 110 at Jayhawk Towers and Lot 121 at Scholarship Halls, but the lots will remain open with just the work areas closed off.

Getting here is easy - Lawrence is located on I-70 just 45 minutes' drive from the Kansas City International Airport (I-435 South to I-70 West; also see Airport shuttles). I-70 exit 202 is the most direct route to the KU Campus.

 

Directions to Lawrence from the Kansas City Airport

As you exit the airport, follow the signs to Topeka, which will direct you to:

  1. Turn left onto the 29 N / 435W ramp to St Joseph/Topeka. Continue for 3.5 miles.
  2. Take exit 17 to 435 S toward Topeka for 19 miles.
  3. Take exit 12 to 70W / Kansas Turnpike toward Topeka for 25 miles.
  4. Take exit 202 “West Lawrence” and pay the toll (about $1.75)
  5. After the toll booth, you’ll be driving south on McDonald Drive. Due to construction, please stay in the right lane and you’ll “exit” onto Rockledge Road. Turn left onto 6th Street; then right onto Iowa Street.
  6. Turn left on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

Directions to Lawrence from the West (I-70)

  1. Take exit 202 “West Lawrence” and pay the toll
  2. After the toll booth, you’ll be driving south on McDonald Drive. Stay in the left lane to merge onto Iowa Street.
  3. Turn left on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

Directions to Lawrence from the East (KS Highway 10)

  1. Take Kansas Highway 10 (K10) west into Lawrence. Continue through Lawrence for about 3.25 miles.
  2. Turn right on Iowa St. Continue for about 1 mile.
  3. Turn right on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

Directions to Lawrence from the South (US Highway 59)​

  1. Take US Highway 59 north into Lawrence. Continue through Lawrence for about 2.5 miles.
  2. Turn right on 15th St./Bob Billings Parkway. The KU Visitor Center is immediately on your right.

Tips for getting around in Lawrence

  • Numbered streets run east-west with 6th Street in the north and 31st Street in the south.
  • State streets run north-south roughly in the order they joined the union (east first).
  • West of Iowa St., 15th Street is Bob Billings Parkway, and 23rd Street is Clinton Parkway

State map of Kansas highways

High-level map of Lawrence


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