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A hit-and-run driver left the scene of an accident at 6:29 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, at I-635 just north of Kansas Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol trooper’s report, a 2002 Jaguar and another vehicle were southbound on I-635 when the second vehicle made a lane change and struck the Jaguar.

The Jaguar then spun out of control, striking the barrier wall, according to the trooper’s report.

The second vehicle left the scene of the accident, the report stated. The make and model of the vehicle were unknown, according to the report.

The driver of the Jaguar, a 46-year-old man from Kansas City, Kan., was not injured, according to the report. The passenger, a 48-year-old Kansas City, Kan., woman, had a possible injury and was taken to the hospital, the report stated.

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KDOT graphic
KDOT graphic

The Kansas Department of Transportation says that there will be lane closures on eastbound and westbound I-70 from K-7 to 134th Street beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19.

The lanes will be reduced to one open lane in each direction for bridge deck removal, the spokesman said.

The lanes will reopen to all traffic at noon Saturday, Dec. 20, weather permitting, in Bonner Springs.

Second, there will be lane closures beginning Saturday night and continuing through noon Sunday. This lane closure will be on eastbound and westbound I-70 from K-7 to 134th Street, and will be reduced to one open lane in each direction for bridge girder removal work. The lanes will close at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, and will reopen to traffic at noon Sunday, Dec. 21, weather permitting.

Third, there will be one open lane on westbound I-70 at K-7 for pavement marking work between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20.

A new ramp is set to open during the day on Saturday, Dec. 20, weather permitting, from westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 loop ramp (see illustration). It will open to unrestricted traffic in Bonner Springs.

Crews must complete pavement marking work before the ramp can be fully reopened to all traffic. If pavement marking work is not completed in time due to wet weather, the ramp will then reopen either on Sunday or Monday, Dec. 21-22, weather permitting.

Once the new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 loop ramp (see ramp C in above photo) is opened to all traffic, within one to two days (Sunday-Tuesday, Dec. 21-23), weather permitting, the left turn lanes from the existing westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp will be removed. Westbound I-70 traffic will no longer use this existing ramp to exit onto southbound K-7. The only movements available from the existing westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp will be either right turns onto northbound K-7 or the through lane movement onto Canaan Drive.

Once the left turn lanes on the existing ramp are removed, westbound I-70 traffic wanting to access southbound K-7 must use the new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 loop ramp C shown in the map above.

Drivers will be directed through the project work zone via message boards, signage and cones, according to the KDOT spokesman. Drivers should expect delays and should allow extra time for their weekend commutes. The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and slow down when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

This ramp work is part of the K-7 and I-70 Interchange Project Phase 1 construction. 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.

Clarkson Construction is the project contractor on this $18 million construction Phase 1 project. This portion of the project work is scheduled to be completed in late fall 2014.
(Information from KDOT)

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The Tommy Hilfiger outlet store at The Legends Outlets will close on Dec. 28. Moving into the space will be Express Factory Outlets. (Staff photo)
The Tommy Hilfiger outlet store at The Legends Outlets will close on Dec. 28. Moving into the space will be Express Factory Outlets. (Staff photo)

The Tommy Hilfiger Outlet store at The Legends Outlets will close Dec. 28, and moving into the space will be the Express Factory Outlet, which will sell men’s and women’s fashions and accessories.

According to a spokesman for The Legends Outlets, after the Hilfiger store at The Legends closes Dec. 28, preparations will be made for the Express Factory Outlet store to move into the space and open sometime in the spring. Currently, the Hilfiger store is planning some special sales in advance of the closing, according to the spokesman.

It is the only Express Factory Outlet in the metro area, and the nearest one is in Branson, Mo., the spokesman said.

The store’s location is next to the Phoenix Theaters Legend 14 near the Civic Courtyard Fountain at 1837 Village West Parkway B-129. It occupies 7,061 square feet.

Express Factory Outlet will offer everything from work wear to weekend wear to going out wear to casual wear, the spokesman said. It has a modern, cool style with an assortment of apparel and fashion accessories.

The Legends Outlets location will be Express Factory Outlet’s first Kansas store and fifth in the Midwest region. Express Factory Outlet joins other recently opened stores at Legends Outlets including Kansas City’s only area Eddie Bauer Outlet, Haggar Clothing Co. and Coach Factory Store.

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