The forecast of below normal temperatures, hard freezes and snow has led to a delay in the start of a bridge repair, resurface and painting project involving Shawnee Mission Parkway over Interstate 35 in Merriam.
The project, which was rescheduled to begin on March 20, is expected to cause significant rush-hour delays.
Highs on Monday and Tuesday are expected to be in the mid-30s, with lows dropping to the mid-20s on Monday and upper teens on Tuesday. Highs this time of year typically are in the mid-50s with lows in the low 30s.
Far northern Missouri might see a light dusting of snow Monday, but no accumulation is expected. Kansas City faces a chance of rain, mainly before noon Monday and a slight chance for snow before 1 p.m. Tuesday.
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When the project begins, traffic will be reduced to two lanes in each direction throughout the duration of the project. There also will be an 11-foot width restriction on the lanes over Carter Avenue.
The $2.4 million project includes patching and resurfacing of the bridge’s deck as well as painting of the bridge and repairing the approaches to the bridge.
The work zone for the project stretches from Ikea Way on the east and Mastin Street on the west. Traffic will be directed through the project via barricades, signs and cones.
Transportation officials suggest drivers use alternate routes to avoid rush hour delays.
As part of the project, crews also will complete work on Carter Avenue underneath the Shawnee Mission Parkway bridge. Minor delays are expected on Carter when the bridge painting occurs.
The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-August, weather permitting.
This is the second project announced recently that will have significant impact on traffic in Johnson County. Transportation officials announced a massive, two-year pavement reconstruction project on Interstate 435 in Overland Park.