WICHITA, Kansas – A section of I-235 is now closed for the placement of 12 steel beams over I-235 at 13th Street between Central Avenue and Zoo Boulevard.
The closure began at 7 p.m. on Friday, and the two-mile section of I-235 should reopen on Sunday night, May 4.
“We need to close that part of the interstate because we have to swing those beams into place and cannot have I-235 traffic below those beams. They’re big and they’re heavy,” said Tom Hein, Kansas Department of Transportation.
A detour will direct interstate traffic to West Street using Central and Zoo Boulevard.
All northbound traffic will exit at Central, travel 1½ mile to West Street, travel north then turn left onto Zoo Boulevard and return to I-235 via the northbound ramp.
Southbound traffic will be directed using the same city streets.
The Kansas Department of Transportation highway interchange project adds a ramp from eastbound 13th Street east of Ridge Road to southbound I-235 and a ramp from northbound I-235 to westbound 13th Street.
“It will look a lot different on Monday morning. Those drivers driving through there today, they will see a different view on Monday morning. It will look more like a bridge over I-235,” added Hein.
The project is expected to reduce traffic congestion at the I-235 and Zoo Boulevard interchange and will add another route for crossing the Wichita – Valley Center Floodway.
Dondlinger & Sons Construction Co. of Wichita is the lead contractor on the $23,111,124.58 project.
It should be completed by late November.