On Thursday, Jan. 15, the left turn lanes from the existing westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp will be closed permanently as crews remove and install new pavement markings on the ramp, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation.
The new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp opened to traffic on Monday, Dec. 22, and is currently open to all traffic, KDOT stated.
In order to complete the closing of the old ramp and the pavement marking, the existing westbound I-70 to northbound K-7 ramp will be closed to all traffic between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, the KDOT spokesman stated.
Westbound I-70 to northbound K-7 ramp traffic will use the new westbound I-70 to southbound K-7 ramp to access K-7 and Canaan Drive during this day-long ramp closure, the spokesman stated.
Intermittent traffic delays with lane restrictions on the ramp are possible, as crews do preparatory work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, weather permitting, the spokesman said.
This ramp access movement has two left turn lanes, one left turn lane is currently closed via a variable message board advising that the upcoming removal of both turn lanes will occur, the spokesman said. This traffic change is very temperature dependent due to the painting of the new pavement markings. All ramp access is currently available via the new westbound I-70 southbound K-7 ramp.
Once the left turn lanes are 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, according to the KDOT spokesman.