SPECIAL TRAFFIC ALERT – I-35 & I-435 to be closed Friday AM for second blast in bridge removal

Press Release - KDOT



WEEKDAY TRAFFIC SLOWDOWN VIA SHORT-TERM FULL INTERCHANGE CLOSURE: FULL CLOSURE of the I-35 and I-435 interchange, including all lanes and adjacent ramps from K-10 to U.S. 69 and 95th Street to 119th Street in all directions (a minimum of 1/4-mile around the interchange) will take place as traffic is stopped briefly, approximately 10-15 minutes, so crews can remove a massive bridge girder via a second blast as part of the flyover ramp demolition work at approximately 9:30 a.m. TOMORROW, Friday, May 27, weather permitting.

SPECIAL NOTE: Today’s blast did not fully go off as planned and a section of the bridge still needs to be removed, thus a second blast will occur tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. This will be an exact repeat of today.

WEEKDAY OVERNIGHT LANE CLOSURES: Westbound I-435 at I-35 reduced to ONE OPEN LANE due to additional bridge demo work needed (tomorrow morning) beginning at 9 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, May 26 through 5 a.m. Friday, May 27.

The public will be alerted tomorrow morning regarding the demolition work and the traffic slowdown via the variable message boards and KC Scout signs on the highways prior to the start of the traffic slowdown.

KDOT, GIC and law enforcement will assist with this full short-term interchange closure. Drivers should expect a delay of up to 15 minutes during the short-term closure and are encouraged to use alternate routes, if possible.

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