WICHITA, Kan. -- For three days in April, 25-27, Interstate 235 will be shut down so metal framework for the new bridges at the soon-to-be 13th Street exit can be installed.
The closure will force drivers to exit at Central if going northbound or exit at Zoo Blvd. if going southbound.
The metal pieces of framework being installed are called girders, they sit on top of the concrete supports cemented to the ground and attached with bolts and metal welds. The girders are what the concrete road will be installed on.
KDOT will be installing 12 girders over the three days for the bridges that will connect I-235 to 13th St. This interchange is expected to relieve traffic congestion at Zoo Blvd. once completed.
The detour for northbound traffic will travel people down Zoo Blvd south to West St, then continue south to Central and finally west to the I-235 interchange on Central.
The travel time given light traffic for the detour is around seven minutes. Currently on I-235, it takes around two minutes to navigate through the construction zone. That makes the total time for the detour to be around five minutes long.
KDOT does advise that all large trucks use a detour route that keeps them on main highways.
This project is one of many in the area. K-42, K-96, K-254, I-135 and Kellogg all have planned road construction projects happening in the near future.
Here is a link to the KDOT website Click here On the left hand upper corner, click the planned box with the yellow diamond next to it; that will show you all the planned road construction and if you click a section of highlighted yellow road, it will give you detail on what is specifically being done.