Construction Updates

KDOT K-7/I-70 INTERChange project

In mid-March 18, 2013, a KDOT replacement project began on the Riverview Avenue Bridge spanning over I-70 (MM 224.9) in Wyandotte County. This is the first part of KDOT's ten-phase K-7 and I-70 Interchange Project. Riverview Avenue project work includes replacement of the existing bridge along with the realignment of a section of Riverview Avenue and 122nd Street to accommodate the new longer bridge. For information on this project, including additional impacts to traffic on I-70/Turnpike, please visit the project web site.

Reconstruction of Kansas Avenue Bridge

Reconstruction of the Kansas Avenue Bridge in Leavenworth County crossing over the Turnpike/I-70 near mile marker 221 is set to begin soon, weather permitting. Kansas Avenue Bridge will close to all traffic on Monday, March 16.

The Kansas Avenue Bridge (Br. No. 221.542) has deteriorated to the point it needs to be replaced. AM Cohron & Sons is the contractor for the project. Construction on the bridge is expected to be complete in November.

Most bridges crossing over the Turnpike are approximately the same age – 50+ years. During the next several years, KTA will be reconstructing many of these bridges. Future bridge reconstruction schedule will be determined by annual bridge inspections.

Kansas Avenue Bridge map

Bridge painting project on I-35/Turnpike to begin

Painting of seven bridges crossing the Kansas Turnpike in Butler County will begin, Monday, April 20th, weather permitting. This routine maintenance project helps preserve and lengthen the life of the bridges.

The bridges are located between the west El Dorado toll plaza at milepost 71 and the Cassoday toll plaza at milepost 92. Contractors anticipate work on each bridge to take approximately two weeks with the entire project to be completed by late July. Work will be conducted during daylight hours only.

“While the project will involve daytime intermittent lane closures in both direction, we do not anticipate traffic being delayed.” said David Jacobson, KTA’s director of engineering. “We want travelers to be aware of the project and to drive with caution when in work zones.”

For additional information and updates as the project progresses, travelers are advised to follow the KTA on Twitter and Facebook or to check the state’s 511 Travelers Information system by dialing 511 or visiting http://www.kandrive.org.

Lindner Painting of Lincoln, NE is the general contractor and C-Hawk Construction of Topeka, KS will handle traffic control.

KTA Fact

There are six service areas along the length of the Turnpike. Each service area offers food, fuel, and rest-room facilities.