Drivers, beware of weekend ramp closures at Johnson Drive and northbound I-35

07/08/2014 6:40 PM

07/10/2014 8:15 PM

The entrance and exit ramps at Johnson Drive and northbound Interstate 35 will be closed this weekend for pavement work.

The ramps will shut down at 7 p.m. Friday and will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

It will happen all over again the following weekend, July 18-21.

The suggested detour for northbound highway traffic is to get off at Antioch Road and take the highway back south to Johnson Drive. Johnson Drive traffic can use Shawnee Mission Parkway or Antioch to access the highway.

On the Missouri side, traffic on eastbound Interstate 70 will be restricted from 8 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday as part of the ongoing project to replace the bridges over Manchester Trafficway and the Blue River.

The two right lanes of the highway will be closed between Van Brunt Boulevard and Manchester. The ramps to and from U.S. 40 and the ramp to Manchester will also be closed.

In the Northland, the new four-lane, divided Chouteau Parkway between I-35 and Missouri 210 will be dedicated at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with music and an optional 5K run at Northeast 42nd Street and Chouteau. The parkway section includes a grassy median and more than 4 miles of trails and sidewalk.

The Metro bus service is developing “a strategic plan for downtown’s transit future” and would like public input. Two informational meetings are planned for Thursday. One, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will be on the vault level of the Kansas City Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The other, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., will be at the Kansas City Design Center, 1018 Baltimore Ave.

Brief presentations will be made at 11:45 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Topics include Grand Boulevard and 11th and 12th streets, dedicated bus lanes and new transit hubs. Go to the KCATA site for more information.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to


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