Ramp and interchange closure expected to have major impact on JOCO drivers

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. -- Getting to work could be a hassle beginning Monday morning for Johnson County drivers now that the ramp at a major interchange is closed.

If you live in Olathe or further south and take I-35 North to 435-West, you'll have to find an alternative route until June because road crews shut down the ramp from I-35 North to 435-West late Sunday night so they can reconstruct it. To get around this, drivers heading north on I-35 should go all the way to the 87th Street exit, take a right and then go south on 69-Highway to the 435-West ramp.

KDOT will also close the  ramp from I-35 South to I-435 East at 10 p.m., Monday. To get around that, it is recommend that you either get on 69-Highway south from I-35 to get on 435-west or go down to 119th Street, come back north on I-35 and get off on the 435-East ramp.

JOCO Gateway Project Detours

JOCO Gateway Project Detours

The project cost $288-million and is the largest road project the Kansas Department of Transportation has ever undertaken, and they are on schedule to finish this three-year project by next summer.

Getting around all the construction may cause delays for many drivers, but once the project is complete,  it is expected to ease congestion on one of the state’s busiest interchanges.

KDOT says there will be orange detour signs posted to help you get around it.

Here’s an aerial view of what the Gateway Project will look like once complete.

Here’s an aerial view of what the Gateway Project will look like once complete.