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Crashes on I-435 shove over 40 concrete barriers, causing massive delays

Traffic backed up along eastbound Interstate 435 after two morning rush-hour crashes that shoved more than 40 pieces of a concrete barrier wall.
Traffic backed up along eastbound Interstate 435 after two morning rush-hour crashes that shoved more than 40 pieces of a concrete barrier wall.

The morning commute along Interstate 435 in Overland Park Wednesday was not an easy one for drivers.

Two crashes early Wednesday moved more than 40 temporary barriers for the Interstate 435 pavement reconstruction project in Overland Park. That caused major backups and delays for the entire morning’s rush hour along eastbound I-435 in that area.

Between 4:30 and 5 a.m., a vehicle hit the concrete barrier wall along westbound I-435 near Metcalf Avenue that had been set up for the massive I-435 pavement reconstruction project.

The force of that crash shoved a concrete barrier into the eastbound lanes, which was struck by a vehicle and a tractor-trailer.

More than 40 12-foot-long concrete barrier pieces moved because of the crashes and had to be reset. One piece was entirely broken and had to be replaced.

Crews brought in a crane to reset the barrier, requiring two eastbound I-435 lanes from Quivira Road to Metcalf to be fully closed for safety reasons.

That left only one lane open for eastbound traffic. The lanes reopened at 9 a.m. once the barrier wall had been reset.

Transportation officials reminded drivers that the area is an active work zone and urged them to drive the speed limit, put down the phones and pay attention.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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