Bridge demolition creates challenge for commuters and businesses

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- If you travel along I-435, you probably noticed the amount of traffic building up right around the Roe exit. That's because by Saturday night, the bridge will be torn down to make way for a new one. Surrounding businesses will have to get used to all the changes.

Regulars of Brobeck's Barbeque journey to the restaurant off Roe Ave and I-435 just for this special kind of rub. But now, people might have to take a detour or two before they can feast.

"When people are hungry, they can't get here fast enough, especially since we close at nine. It could cause for some grumpy, hungry people," said manager Becky Riley.

Hunger and traffic generates a lot of frustration, especially with the closing of the Roe Avenue exit. But with all the cones and signs redirecting the flow of cars, confusion is expected.

"Today I got off on Roe, tried to flip a u-turn, they wouldn't let me through. Made me get back on 435 went east on state line to 103rd, flipped all the way around," Riley said.

"I have a feeling we'll be getting a lot of phone calls on directions. How do we get to you now?" said owner Doug Brobeck.

The business opened nearly seven years ago and has a growing customer base. Doug expected the traffic to also slow down the foot traffic into his BBQ joint.

"Construction is a mess, but it's a necessary evil I guess," said Brobeck.

He says what helps the restaurant is that it's not a chain. There's only one Brobeck's, so if you want a little southern comfort, you'd have to make the trek.

The demolition will start midnight on Saturday. They will pour the dirt onto I-435 around 10 p.m. and then the columns will be broken down.  The highway is expected to reopen Sunday morning.

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