Guardrail work prompts lane closures on I-70, could cause backups Sunday for Chiefs traffic

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The left lanes of westbound I-70 between Prospect and westbound I-670/I-70 split were closed Friday morning so MoDOT crews could make what they say are critical guardrail and slope repairs, and the closures could cause backups over the weekend.

The closures marked the start of a resurfacing project for the high traffic area of the I-70 and I-670 split. Crews were also working to install erosion control and a new guardrail in the area.

In addition to the I-70 closures, the 13th Street Ramp from westbound I-670 is closed.

A spokesperson from MoDOT says there's never a good time to work in the selected area, but they decided to do it in three days over the weekend to minimize the impact.

If you plan to head west to KCK Sunday after the Chiefs game, you may want to take a different route, because those lane restrictions will still be in place.

MoDOT recommends using I-435 to go around downtown instead of trying to go through it. The Scout system will alert drivers to delays and allow you opportunities to get off the interstate and take an alternate route.

Lanes are expected to reopen by 4 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21.