Archive for Monday, July 29, 2013

Work to close right traffic lanes on I-35 starting Thursday

July 29, 2013

Baldwin City commuters who use Interstate 35 to get to and from Kansas City metropolitan area jobs should give themselves extra time starting Thursday.

Kimberly Qualls, Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman, said the right lanes of both northbound and southbound lanes will be closed near Homestead Lane in western Johnson County will be closed for the installation of on and off ramps for a new interchange. Weather permitting, the work will start at 6 a.m. Thursday and continue through mid-September. KDOT rescheduled the start of the project from today because of rain.

Qualls said motorists should expect traffic delays in and near the work zone, especially during peak morning and evening drive times.

To alert commuters of problems, KDOT has launched a temporary traffic system on I-35 from Kansas Highway 33 to U.S. Highway 56 in Johnson County to provide timely traffic conditions in the work zone. Know as the I-35 Smart Work Zone Traffic System, the system includes portable message signs, cameras, speed sensor and variable speed limit signs to help monitor traffic flow and advise drivers of potential delays.

Motorist will be able to view the roadways and get real-time traffic information through the Smart Work Zone system at

KDOT urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through the project work zone.


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