Monday, September 5, 2011
A route thousands take to work, shop and to eat every day is closing down, starting Tuesday morning, for a two-week bridge construction project.
About 60,000 to 80,000 vehicles pass through the I-235 and Kellogg interchange every day.
That amount of traffic causes a significant amount of wear-and-tear on the infrastructure. Now, the westbound Kellogg bridge from southbound I-235 is getting some much needed maintenance.
"The project involves repairing a bridge over the Wichita/Valley Center flood way," said Tom Hein, Kansas Department of Transportation.
The downside of the repair project, is that starting Tuesday the exit will be closed to traffic.
"We'll be repairing the expansion joints. We'll be doing some deck repairs on top," said Hein. "It's going to be a little bit of an inconvenience for drivers on the west side using that southbound I-235."
If you do need to access westbound Kellogg from southbound I-235, you will have to take the eastbound exit onto Kellogg. When you near West street, take that exit, and follow the loop around, which will lead you onto westbound Kellogg.
The good news, the bridge will only be closed for a few weeks.
"We'll re-open it to traffic after those two weeks, and then about a week or so later, we'll need to close it again for 3 days," said Hein. "During that second closure, we'll be coming in and doing a polymer overlay on the surface. That overlay helps keep salt water, and water in general out of the bridge, so it extends the life of the bridge."
In the end, the exit and the bridge will provide for a smoother, safer ride for drivers.