Motorists using the Kansas Turnpike Wednesday evening should plan for possible delays.
The Kansas Turnpike Authority and Kansas Highway Patrol will use rolling roadblocks to stop traffic as crews remove girders on the Riverview Avenue Bridge near the Kansas Speedway.
Work began last week to replace the bridge over the Turnpike, which is also known as Interstate 70, in Wyandotte County.
The removal of the girders starts at 8 p.m. and traffic on the Turnpike will be restricted to one lane in each direction between Kansas 7 and 110th Street.
During the rolling roadblocks, traffic will be stopped for 15 minutes at a time — barring unplanned delays — at the entrance ramps linking eastbound and westbound Interstate 70 to Kansas 7 and 110th Street.
The roadblocks will give workers time to cut the girders and swing them out of the way. There are four sections of the girders that will need to be removed, so there will be four rolling roadblocks.
All work is to be completed by 6 a.m. Thursday, at which time all lanes of the Turnpike will be reopened.
Drivers are urged to find alternate routes.
The bridge replacement is part of the 10-phase K-7 and I-70 Interchange Project. The work includes replacing the bridge and realigning a section of Riverview Avenue and 122nd Street to accommodate the new, longer bridge.
Map of area of rolling roadblocks
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Robert A. Cronkleton, firstname.lastname@example.org