WICHITA, Kansas – Some Wichita commuters will be changing their normal route, as road construction along I-235 has led to several closures.
Currently, work is being done on a project, geared towards reducing traffic congestion around the I-235 and Zoo Boulevard interchange.
KDOT officials say closures are needed to get all the work done.
“We will close two ramps at Central and 235, these are ramps that we will tie into the new 13th street bridges,” said Tom Hein, Public Affairs Manager with KDOT.
Hein says those ramps will be closed for up to eight weeks.
KDOT has put up signs warning drivers they can’t use the southbound I-235 ramp to Central Avenue or the ramp from Central onto northbound I-235.
Marked detours have also been spaced out along I-235 to help drivers navigate around the construction to get to where they need to go.
“It’s inconvenient for people, we know that, but it’s just part of the process, we’ve got to tie all of this together and in the end we’ll have an interchange that will take some of the heat off of that Zoo Boulevard interchange,” said Hein.
Hein also touched on plans for construction at the Kellogg and I-235 interchange, one that has been prone to accidents in the past.
“The first phase of rebuilding that interchange is set to bid in September of 2015,” said Hein.
Construction on that project would begin in the early part of 2016.
Drivers that will be commuting through West Wichita should follow the marked detour signs.
A marked detour will direct southbound I-235 traffic looking to gain access to Central Avenue to exit onto Kellogg going westbound and continuing to Ridge Road, then north to Central.
Central traffic wanting to go north on I-235 will be directed to northbound West Street, then west on Zoo Boulevard to I-235 by using the northbound ramp.