Construction begins today on a project that will affect I-235 in north Wichita.
The Kansas Department of Transportation is starting with the Green Project
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From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, one lane on I-235 North will close over the Little Arkansas River.
This will allows crews to take the guardrail off the bridge, leading up to a bigger closure.
“At nighttime, they’ll come in and actually cut the edge of the bridge off, remove about three feet of the bridge and then put concrete barrier on it,” said KDOT spokesman Tom Hein.
Starting at 9 p.m. tonight, I-235 North, from Meridian to Broadway, will close.
Crews expect to open the area up by 6 a.m. Monday.
The road construction is phase one of the Green Project’s four phases.
The project will replace aging pavement and the bridges over the Little Arkansas River and Broadway.
It will add continuous auxiliary lanes on I-235 and improve the ramp geometry at the Broadway Interchange.
The project also will remove the Seneca Street Bridge over I-235 and connecting Meridian Avenue to Seneca Street via a new road.
“This sets up this area of I-235 for it to be successful when we finally do fix the north junction bottleneck,” said Hein.
The cost of the project is $65 million and will last until November 2021.