A $19.9 million Kansas Department of Transportation project to repair five bridges on I-235 between Zoo Boulevard and K-96 began today. Drivers will likely experience slowdowns in traffic, as the roadways will be periodically reduced to one lane in each direction. This traffic congestion may overflow into other parts of northwest Wichita as drivers could begin taking alternate routes.
Of the five bridges, two will be replaced this year. The southbound bridges over the Big Arkansas River and the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway will see repair in 2016. All lanes of I-235 traffic in both directions are expected to reopen by the middle of November.
Single lane traffic will resume in March of 2017, as construction is set to begin on the northbound bridges over the Big Arkansas River and the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway. The 25th street bridge is also scheduled to be replaced at this time.
The project will begin with crossovers in the median to redirect southbound traffic to the east of the interstate, and the speed limit will be reduced to 50 miles per hour. Access to and from 25th street will be available within the project’s first year.
The project as a whole is expected to be complete in December of 2017.