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 this new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 loop ramp is now open to all traffic, on Thursday, January 15, weather permitting, the left turn lanes from the existing westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp will be closed (removed) permanently as crews remove and install new pavement markings on the ramp.
In order to complete this work, the existing westbound I-70 to northbound K-7 ramp will be closed to all traffic on Thursday, January 15, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Westbound I-70 to northbound K-7 ramp traffic will use the new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp to access K-7 and Canaan Drive during this day-long ramp closure.
SPECIAL NOTE: This ramp access movement has TWO left turn lanes, one left turn lane is currently closed via a variable message board advising that the upcoming removal of both turn lanes will occur.
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 & 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 & 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)