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Directions

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 (Fall 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.

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 September. 

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.

Closure of Schwegler Drive – construction of Capitol Federal Hall:Beginning Tuesday, September 2, east bound access to Schwegler Road will be blocked for construction of new stormwater inlets as part of the project to construct a new home for the School of Business.

There will be no access to Lot 90 via Naismith Drive and Schwegler Road for approximately two weeks. All vehicles will need to access Lot 90 from the north.

Bus traffic will operate as scheduled. Access to Naismith Drive from Lot 90 will be limited to northbound only. Vehicles heading south from lot 90 should exit on the north end of the lot.

Construction on Schwegler Road will be completed no later than Friday, September 12.

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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