Motorists who have become accustomed to restricted lanes on northbound Interstate 35 in downtown Kansas City will have to learn new patterns beginning Tuesday morning.
Bridge removal and replacement work over Southwest Boulevard will switch from the left lanes to the right lanes and will continue through December. That will push all northbound traffic into the left lanes. Crews will move temporary barriers and re-stripe the pavement beginning at 7 p.m. Monday.
The new phase means activation of ramp meters to control the entry of northbound traffic from Southwest Trafficway onto the highway. Signals will regulate the number of vehicles allowed to enter the highway during peak times. That is expected to cause backups. Drivers who regularly use the route are encouraged to find another way.
Also, the exit ramp from northbound I-35 to West Pennway will close at 7 p.m. Monday and remain closed through December. The exit at Broadway near Bartle Hall will remain open.
For Monday night only, all lanes of northbound I-35 between interstates 670 and 70 on the west side of the downtown loop will be closed so girders can be installed for a new 12th Street bridge over the highway. Traffic will be detoured around the south and east sides of the loop.
In other highway news:
A ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday will mark the opening later in the day of the new Flintlock flyover spanning I-35 in Liberty. The event will be at the south end near the new roundabout at Liberty Drive and Flintlock Road. Work will continue through December, but the flyover will open in time for the first day of school Wednesday.
College Boulevard/U.S. 69:
On Monday afternoon, the new ramp from College Boulevard to southbound U.S. 69 will open in Overland Park, weather permitting. A new collector/distributor system on eastbound Interstate 435 to College Boulevard is also scheduled to open Monday. The projects are part of a $102 million interchange improvement for I-435 and U.S. 69 that is to be completed in November.
Access to Peculiar: Plans for a new interchange at Interstate 49 and 211th Street will be on display during an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Peculiar Lions Community Building. The project will add a second highway access for Peculiar and better access for Raymore-Peculiar schools. Construction is to start in spring 2015.