Drivers in Johnson County soon will find it a bit challenging getting east and west of Interstate 35 at 95th Street.
Beginning Feb. 21, the 95th Street interchange will shut down, including all ramps to and from I-35, so construction crews can replace it with a diverging diamond interchange, similar to one recently completed at Kansas 10 and Ridgeview Road.
Workers will close 95th Street between Noland Road and Monrovia Street, cutting a key route to the nearby Oak Park Mall and other businesses.
The work is part of the $288 million Johnson County Gateway Phase 2 project at the Interstate 435/Interstate 35/Kansas 10 interchange.
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The 95th Street interchange will remain closed through late August, weather permitting.
Adjacent local roads will close throughout the construction, changing access to local businesses. The work includes portions of Marshall and Lenexa drives and Westgate Street.
In addition, new underpasses will be built at Lenexa and Marshall drives to allow frontage road traffic to flow independently of the interchange traffic.
Construction underway to convert Bradshaw and Gillette streets into cul-de-sacs should be completed by May.
For an updated interactive map that shows scheduled completion times for portions of the project, click here.
The new layout will make it easier for motorists to access the highway, travel through the area and get to area businesses, transportation officials said. The project includes adding sidewalks and new lighting.
Traffic will be detoured at 87th Street Parkway to either southbound Quivira Road or southbound Pflumm Road to access 95th.
Other ways to get around the closed interchange include:
▪ 95th from Interstate 435.
▪ Northbound Lackman Road at I-435.
▪ Northbound Quivira Road at I-435.
▪ U.S. 69 at 95th.
▪ U.S. 69 at 103rd and then northbound Quivira.
The entire Johnson County Gateway Phase 2 project is expected to be substantially completed by December.