Construction begins Monday on bridges and ramps around downtown Kansas City and its not going to be pretty.
Nearly $30 million in improvements for Interstate 35 southwest of downtown will mean some inconveniences for motorists and it will last through December.
The first closures will hit people who get onto Interstate 35 from downtown.
The ramp from Broadway near Penn Valley Park to northbound I-35 will close Monday night.
The ramp from Broadway just west of Bartle Hall to southbound I-35 will close Wednesday night.
Both northbound and southbound I-35, from about Cambridge Circle to north of West Pennway, will be reduced to two narrowed lanes beginning next week.
The Missouri Department of Transportation says that stretch of highway carries between 82,000 and 106,000 vehicles per day.
There will be other closures later this month too.
The James Street bridge over the railroad near Interstate 670 also will close from late April to early December.
The 12th Street bridge over I-35 on the west side of the downtown loop is scheduled to close for 45 days sometime in June and July, and the work will also reduce lanes on the interstate below.
Contractors are still setting the dates for more work that will block traffic sometime from July through November:
•Interstate 70 and its 14th Street on-ramp for 40 days. The westbound lanes will close for 20 days during that project.
•Main Street over I-670 for 60 days in August and September.
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