Transportation
6:39 am
Mon June 11, 2012

I-70 Construction Detours Set To Start Mid-Week

One of the heaviest-traveled Kansas City interstate highway connections will close on Wednesday morning, June 13th, after rush hours.

It will affect traffic  moving westward from the east side suburbs such as Independence, Lee's Summit and Blue Springs.

The bottleneck will start around Truman Sports Complex where Interstates 70 and 435 meet.

Steve Porter with MoDot said the construction project is building the Route 40 to Northbound I-435 ramp that will come right into that area.

He said motorists are going to have to detour West on I-70 to the Manchester Trafficway off-ramp. Then  drivers will turn left under I-70 to the Manchester on-ramp and then go Eastbound I-70. Porter said the last leg of the relatively short detour will take drivers Northbound to the 435 ramp.

To prepare for the changes, Manchester Trafficway will be cut to one lane each direction starting at 9 a.m. June 12th.

The interstate ramps  will be  closed for construction through June 27th, and the closings are certain to  affect thousands of morning  drivers every day.