OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Drivers in Johnson County might need to start looking for short cuts. That’s because construction near Interstate 35 and 75th Street kicked off this week. Thursday morning, crews closed the two ramps onto and off of the interstate.
Overland Park Public Works suggests you pack your patience if you’ll be in that area. The orange cones are set and will stay in place for the next couple few months.
“Right now we have traffic reduced to one lane in each direction, east and west along 75th Street,” senior engineer Brian Scovill said.
He explained crews will make repairs to the pavement, seal spots along the bridge deck, and patch cracks on the entrance and exit ramps.
“The work’s got to be done in order to maintain the safety of the travelling public. If we don’t maintain the roads, we won’t be able to get people those businesses,” Scovill said.
Businesses like Inkslinger’s Tattoo Shop, which has been off 75th Street for more than two decades.
“There’s really no need to get upset about it. There’s nothing you can do,” shop owner Gary Barber said.
He hopes the construction doesn’t leave a mark on his business.
“When we’re working on such a tight margin for profit, then any loss of business is difficult to deal with.” Barber said and explained he’s found his own work around.
“I have ways I know how to sneak in and out of here. There are some back ways to this intersection if you need to,” he said.
He says the delays might cause frustrations now, but he urges people to think about the big picture.
“I’m not upset with it. When it’s all said and done, it’ll make our area nicer and our roads safer, and that’s really the bottom line I think,” he said.
Most of the work should wrap up in October. That’s when crews will open the road to two lanes in each direction. Some final touches are expected for next spring. Until then, the city asks you to stay considerate and careful while out on the roads.