Expect to see more orange cones in west Wichita this weekend. After being delayed twice, the Kellogg and I-235 interchange shuts down for construction tonight.
The closure affects Kellogg under I-235, as well as I-235 over Kellogg. Traffic will detour onto the outside diamond ramps.
The closures begin at 7 p.m. tonight, and the lanes reopen at 6 a.m. on Monday.
According to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), crews need to have a complete closure of the interchange to replace a few bridge approaches.
“These are concrete bridge replacements where we need to tear out part of it, the part that leads to the bridge, on all four points of the bridge,” said Tom Hein, a KDOT spokesman.
Crews also plan on removing overhanging pieces of bridge construction.
“We can’t do that when there’s traffic flowing through the area,” Hein said.
KDOT has put out several signs and alerts ahead of time to notify drivers, but officials said they always see impatient drivers — which has led to accidents in the past.
Hein is warning drivers to watch their speed if they are planning to drive in the area.
“If you enter this work zone, if you choose to, and I strongly suggest you avoid it this weekend, just slow down,” Hein said. “Accept that the detour is not that long. It will add some drive time, but it’s not that big of a deal.”
Construction at the interchange feels never-ending, according to some drivers.
However, KDOT said this weekend’s closure should be the last major closure. Drivers should expect minor lane and ramp closures in the future as the interchange projects gets closer to being finished.
“We’re getting pretty close on the areas that affect traffic,” Hein said. “There’s still a lot of things to do off the roads but we’ll be able tot do that without interrupting traffic.”
The interchange project is scheduled to wrap up in June 2019, but Hein told KSN that crews are ahead of schedule.
Keep up with upcoming closures on the Red Project website.