KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp opened to traffic at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 22.
Since the new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 loop ramp is now open to all traffic, sometime during the day on Friday, January 2, 2015, Wednesday, January 7, weather permitting, the left turn lanes from the existing westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp will be removed as crews will remove and install new pavement markings on the ramp.
(See graphic below for the pavement marking plan at K-7 and Canaan Drive intersection.)
This traffic change is very temperature dependent due to the painting of the new pavement markings. All ramp access is currently available via the new westbound I-70 southbound K-7 ramp.
Once the left turn lanes are removed, westbound I-70 traffic will no longer use this existing ramp to exit onto southbound K-7.
The only movements available from the existing westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp will be either right turns onto northbound K-7 or the through lane movement onto Canaan Drive.
Once the left turn lanes on the existing ramp are removed, westbound I-70 traffic wanting to access southbound K-7 MUST use the new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 loop ramp C (shown in the map above).
Updated daily traffic information for this project and for the entire Kansas City Metro Area can be viewed online any time at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.
The K-7 and I-70 Interchange Project construction handout for Phases 1 and 2A-2B, including phasing schedule and traffic impacts, is available online at: http://www.ksdot.org/Assets/wwwksdotorg/bureaus/kcMetro/pdf/K-7%20and%20I-70%20Phase%202B%20Project%20Handout.pdf
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.
This ramp work is part of the K-7 and I-70 Interchange Project Phase 1 construction. Clarkson Construction is the project contractor on this $18 million construction Phase 1 project. This portion of the project work is scheduled to be completed in early 2015. (KDOT Project #70-105 KA-1003-05)