Starting in June, drivers can expect changes in commute due to closures near 135th Street and U.S. Highway 69. File photo.
Drivers that frequently use the northbound 135th Street ramp on U.S. Highway 69 will experience some changes in their commute this summer.
Starting in early June, the eastbound 135th Street to northbound U.S. 69 loop ramp — along with part of the street below —will close to traffic for continued bridge construction.
The closures come as the latest component of a major overhaul project to build express toll lanes on one of the state’s busiest stretches of highway in south Overland Park.
These closures begin at 8 p.m. on June 2
The 135th Street ramp will stay closed until mid-November, while the stretch of 135th Street below the U.S. 69 southbound bridge will reopen by 6 a.m. on June 5.
Drivers looking to head northbound on U.S. 69 can use a detour from 135th Street eastward to Metcalf Avenue, then north from Metcalf Avenue to 119th Street, then west to the U.S. 69 northbound ramp off 119th Street.
As for drivers on 135th Street, traffic from that street will detour to 143rd Street.
Overnight closures will also continue
In the meantime, a stretch of 143rd Street beneath U.S. 69 will remain closed overnight for bridge widening.
These overnight closures last from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly, and drivers can use a detour route to 151st Street along Metcalf Avenue or Antioch Road.
These closures are intended to allow for safer construction due to less traffic at night, according to project officials.
Officials say drivers should also watch for “rolling closures”
In a recent newsletter, officials encouraged drivers to also be prepared for general “rolling closures” throughout the summer.
Rolling closures happen when designated vehicles such as construction vehicles, highway patrol or local police flash their lights and pull in front of traffic to slow it down.
This allows for construction workers to move equipment or supplies across the highway, or conduct operations that would normally be dangerous with typical ongoing traffic.
These types of closures typically last 15 minutes or less.
Go deeper: Click here for a live list of ongoing 69Express-related road closures.
Hi! I'm Lucie Krisman, and I cover the city of Leawood and the Blue Valley School District for the Post.
I'm a native of Tulsa, Okla., but have been living in Kansas since I moved here to attend KU, where I earned my degree in journalism. Prior to joining the Post, I did work for The Pitch, the Eudora Times, the North Dakota Newspaper Association and KTUL in Tulsa.
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