K-7 to eastbound I-70 ramp opens

The new K-7 to eastbound I-70 interchange ramp opened to traffic at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday. (KDOT photo)
The new K-7 to eastbound I-70 interchange ramp opened to traffic at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday. (KDOT photo)

At 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, the new K-7 to eastbound I-70 ramp was opened to unrestricted traffic in Bonner Springs.

The ramp work was part of the K-7 and I-70 interchange project Phase 1 construction.

A KDOT spokeswoman said that if K-7 traffic tries to use the old eastbound I-70 ramp, they will end up on westbound I-70 on the Kansas Turnpike, and traffic will then not be able to turn around until they reach the KTA toll plaza seven miles west of the K-7 and I-70 interchange.

The new K-7 to eastbound I-70 ramp is accessed at Speaker Road, just south of I-70. Access to the existing K-7 to eastbound I-70 ramp was located at Canaan Drive and this eastbound I-70 ramp access only (at Canaan Drive) was closed to all traffic at 2:45 p.m. today.

The existing ramp bridge over I-70 will be removed via equipment starting tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 18, weather permitting. It will take several days to remove the bridge and traffic impacts will include lane closures and short slowdowns during off peak hours on I-70.

Updated daily traffic information for this project and for the entire Kansas City metro area can be viewed online any time at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

Construction information for the K-7 and I-70 interchange project, phases 1 and 2A-2B, including phasing schedule and traffic impacts, is online at http://www.ksdot.org/Assets/wwwksdotorg/bureaus/kcMetro/pdf/K-7%20and%20I-70%20Phase%202B%20Project%20Handout.pdf.

Elementary school lunch menus

Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools
Monday, Dec. 15
Pork rib sandwich, lettuce and tomato, French fries, mandarin oranges, fruit and milk.
Tuesday, Dec. 16
Hot dog on a bun, tri-tater, baby carrots, diced peaches, fruit and milk.
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Chili, broccoli, cinnamon roll, fruit cocktail, fruit and milk.
Thursday, Dec. 18
Pizza, garden salad, green beans, banana, fruit and milk.
Friday, Dec. 19
No school.
All Kansas City, Kan., lunches come with choice of chef’s salad, fruit chef salad or yogurt-muffin basket.

Turner Public Schools
Monday, Dec. 15
Teriyaki chicken, egg roll, rice pilaf.
Tuesday, Dec. 16
Taco salad, beef, taco chips.
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Barbecued rib on bun or ham and cheese sandwich, cookie.
Thursday, Dec. 18
Chicken nuggets, sauce, or holiday menu entrée.
Friday, Dec. 19
French toast sticks with sausage, tri-tater.
Turner’s winter holiday is Dec. 22-Jan. 5.
All Turner lunches come with additional lunch entrée choices of yogurt platter, and peanut butter and jelly platter. Milk is available with all meals. Fruit and veggies bar offered daily with meals.

Piper Public Schools

Monday, Dec. 15
Chicken patty on a bun; mozzarella dunkers with marinara; cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, green beans, applesauce, pears; turkey chef salad, peas, applesauce, pears, blueberry fruit muffin.
Tuesday, Dec. 16
Chicken strips; popcorn chicken wrap, meatball sub, garden salad, cowboy beans, orange smiles, banana; taco salad, cowboy beans, orange smiles, banana, cornbread.
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Roast turkey; chicken patty-grilled chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted vegetables, roll, pineapple, applesauce and gingerbread bites.
Thursday, Dec. 18, and Friday, Dec. 19
Early out.
Piper’s winter break starts Dec. 22.

Bonner Springs Public Schools
Monday, Dec. 15
Chicken patty on a bun; mozzarella dunkers with marinara, sweet potato fries, green beans, applesauce, pears; turkey chef salad, peas, applesauce, pears, blueberry fruit muffin.
Tuesday, Dec. 16
Chicken strips; popcorn chicken wrap, garden salad, cowboy beans, orange smiles, banana; taco salad, cowboy beans, orange smiles, banana, cornbread.
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Roast turkey; chicken patty-grilled chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted vegetables, roll, pineapple, applesauce, gingerbread bites.
Thursday, Dec. 18
Spaghetti and meatballs with Italian bread; bistro sliders, steamed broccoli, spring mix salad, cherry tomatoes, mandarin oranges, peaches; Italian chef salad, cherry tomatoes, mandarin oranges, peaches, Italian bread.
Friday, Dec. 19
Winter break begins in the Bonner Springs schools.
All menus from all districts subject to change.

KU announces fall 2014 degree candidates

Several Wyandotte County students were among the names of almost 1,250 candidates for degrees this fall from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Because KU conducts only one formal commencement ceremony each year, many of these graduates will return Sunday, May 17, 2015, for the university¹s 143rd commencement. However, some schools and programs conduct fall recognition ceremonies. Diplomas are officially conferred in January 2015.

Degree candidates from Wyandotte County include:

From Bonner Springs:
Jobie Buehler, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering
Jake Hattock, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in civil engineering
Beau Himpel, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Science in business in information system and Bachelor of Science in business in marketing
Meghan Miller, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Arts in communication studies with a minor in anthropology
Rachel Peterson, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Arts in psychology
Harley Ruszala, Bonner Springs, Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual art with a minor in history of art
Joshua Woods, Bonner Springs, Doctor of Philosophy in pharmaceutical chemistry

From Kansas City, Kan.:
Chad Anderson, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of General Studies in economics with a minor in business
Rebekah Baughman, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in journalism with a minor in women’s studies
Eric Baumgartner, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Business Administration
Stephanie Bishop, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacology
David Blattman, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Fine Arts in design
Bryan Brazil, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of General Studies in special major
Julia Glenn, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in nursing
Candace Golubski, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Public Administration
Bau Lau, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in biology
Jerrihlyn McGee, Kansas City, Kan., Doctor of Nursing Practice
Joyce McGrew, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in nursing
Maryam Nichols, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Arts in African and African-American studies
Joseph Ramirez, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in journalism
Krystal Robbins, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Arts in visual art education
Megan Slater, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in business in accounting
Evan Smith, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in business
Brianna Talavera, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of Science in journalism with a minor in business
Lisa Van Hoose, Kansas City, Kan., Master of Public Health
Heath Wetzel, Kansas City, Kan., Bachelor of General Studies in economics with a minor in business.