A project to repair bridges along Interstate 70 in Kansas City, Kan., will get underway Wednesday, weather permitting.
The Kansas Department of Transportation warns drivers to expect delays and to allow extra time for their daily commutes during construction.
The work will involve bridges along I-70 in the Interstate 635 interchange area.
Crews will replace the bridge decks of the I-70 bridges over Kaw Drive; repair the joints of the ramp bridge from southbound I-635 to eastbound I-70; and mill, patch and overlay the eastbound I-70 bridge over Quarry Road.
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Here’s what drivers can expect:
▪ Beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the northbound and southbound ramps from I-635 to eastbound I-70, as well as the ramp from eastbound I-70 to Park Drive/Kaw Drive, will be closed. While the ramps to eastbound I-70 will remain closed throughout the project, the ramps to Park Drive/Kaw Drive will reopen in July.
▪ Beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday, eastbound I-70 will be reduced to two 11-foot lanes with no shoulders in the area of I-635.
▪ Beginning at 5 a.m. Friday, westbound I-70 will be reduced to two 11-foot lanes with no shoulders in the same area.
Traffic will be limited to 55 mph on I-70 in the work zone.
There also will be closures for pavement marking and temporary concrete barrier placement:
▪ Eastbound I-70 in the area will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.
▪ Eastbound and westbound I-70 in the area will be reduced to one lane between 7 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.
▪ Westbound I-70 in that area will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Saturday.
The project will be completed in several phases, having varying effects on traffic.
The $8 million project is scheduled to be completed in December.