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Thursday, July 3, 2014

75th Street construction project underway, already causing major delays

Posted: July 3, 2014 - 1:46pm
Updated: July 10, 2014 - 4:46pm

Work is underway on a construction project that is sure to cause major traffic delays in Johnson County. On Thursday, July 10th the crews narrowed 75th Street to just one lane in each direction, and shifted traffic to the north side of 75th Street. The project is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015.

Traffic camera image from the Overland Park traffic camera system
July 10, all traffic has been shifted to the north side of 75th Street
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The city of Overland Park is overseeing the project, which spans from Shawnee into Merriam and Overland Park. Work will impact traffic on 75th Street between Switzer Road and E. Frontage Road.

Aerial image of area - Project area in red
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Shawnee officials say 75th Street will be shifted to the north half of the roadway for pavement replacement and bridge work. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Switzer Road and E. Frontage Road.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says the ramps to and from Interstate 35, south of 75th Street will also be closed. Spokesperson Kimberly Qualls says the northbound Interstate 35 exit ramp to 75th Street and the entrance ramp from 75th Street to southbound Interstate 35 will both close at 11 a.m. Thursday. The ramps will remain closed until late August.

Once traffic is shifted to the north half of 75th Street, eastbound traffic will not be able to access northbound 75th Street.

Qualls says there will be a marked detour, utilizing 67th Street and Antioch Road.

Northbound I-35 traffic will detour via 67th Street exit and take eastbound 67th Street to Antioch Road, then southbound Antioch Road to eastbound 75th Street back to I-35. (See KDOT provided map below)

Traffic for the ramp from 75th Street to southbound I-35 will be detoured eastbound on 75th Street to Antioch Road, then northbound on Antioch Road to westbound 67th Street and back to southbound I-35.

Map provided by KDOT - Detour route marked in yellow
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In late August, 75th Street traffic will be shifted to the south half of 75th Street and the ramps north of 75th Street will be closed.

The intersection of 75th Street and Switzer Road will also be closed for one weekend for storm drainage work. A date for this closure has not been announced.

Overland Park officials say access to all businesses and properties along the route will be open throughout the construction process according to a news release from the city of Shawnee.

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