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Three 87th Street and I-35 Ramps Set To Close


February 18, 2005 (05-023)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News Contacts:    Maggie Thompson, KDOT (785) 296-5613, maggiet@ksdot.org
Susanne Neely, City of Lenexa, (913) 477-7500, sneely@ci.lenexa.ks.us
Dan Miller, City of Overland Park, (913) 895-6032, daniel.miller@opkansas.org

Three 87th Street and I-35 Ramps Set To Close

Ramp to southbound U.S. 69 to open in mid-April

Lenexa and Overland Park, Kan. - Three ramps at 87th Street and I-35 will close March 1, weather permitting, as part of a $50 million interchange improvement to provide safer easier travel through the 87th Street/I-35/US-69 Highway corridor.

The only ramp to remain open will be from 87th Street to southbound I-35. It too is scheduled to close in mid-April when the new 87th Street ramps to southbound U.S. 69 are expected to open. All ramps at 87th Street and I-35 will be closed approximately 18 months.

"We know the ramp closures will have the greatest impact on motorists, but by closing all the ramps we will be able to dramatically shorten the construction schedule by several months, reducing the length of time drivers will be inconvenienced. This will also produce significant cost savings," said Mick Halter, Kansas City metro engineer for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).

Weather delays prevented the U.S. 69 ramp from being open March 1 as originally planned. To maintain access to southbound routes, the new 87th Street ramp to U.S. 69 will open before the 87th Street to southbound I-35 is closed, Halter said.

Two lanes of 87th Street, in each direction across I-35, will be kept open and access to 87th Street will be maintained throughout the project.

The multi-phased project involves bridge improvements and reconstruction of the 87th Street corridor for about one mile through Overland Park and Lenexa. Also included in the project has been the reconstruction of several streets adjacent to the site, including Nieman Road and Lenexa Drive.

The construction phases of the project are expected to be completed on schedule in the fall of 2006.

When complete, total project improvements will include sustained traffic flow and increased lane capacity through the corridor, realignment of Nieman Road, a reconstructed interchange at I-35 to include a single point urban interchange, storm sewers, sidewalks, street lighting, and the new ramp to U.S. 69. After construction, 87th Street will offer drivers three lanes in each direction.

During the next phases of construction, lane closures on I-35 and/or U.S. 69 for bridge removal and new girder placement will be scheduled on weekends and during overnight hours when traffic flow is low.

Information about ramp and lane closings and alternate routes is available online at the project Web site at www.87th-i35.org and through the media and printed materials. Construction crews have also posted signs in the area to help direct motorists around and through the work zone.

The Web site also includes information on the anticipated project timeline; answers to frequently asked questions; how to maneuver around the construction zones more easily; and rideshare and public transportation information.

The 87th Street & I-35/U.S. 69 project is a System Enhancement Project partnership between KDOT and the cities of Lenexa and Overland Park. Clarkson Construction Company is the contractor.

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This information can be made available in alternative accessible formats upon request. For information about obtaining an alternative format, contact the Bureau of Transportation Information, 700 SW Harrison St., 2nd Fl West, Topeka, KS 66603-3754 or phone 785-296-3585 (Voice) (TTY).