The Kansas Department of Transportation has reopened I-235 after closing for weekend construction. The project began Friday at 7 p.m. and lasted until around 7 p.m. Sunday.

This phase of the two-year project is working to add a ramp from EB 13th St. to SB I-235 and a ramp from NB I-235 to WB 13th St. When done, the bridge, is expected to reduce traffic congestion and will add another route for crossing the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway.


According to Tom Hein, Wichita Metro Public Affairs Manager with KDOT, during the project on I-235, the highway will be shut down between Central and Zoo Boulevard in both directions. Traffic will be detoured to West Street during the project. The Kansas Department of Transportation hopes during that time to place 12 steel bridge beams over 1-235 at the interchange south of Zoo Boulevard. They will also lay down wood chips, soil and sand to protect concrete from heavy beams.

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The other project affects I-135 near Newton. Crews are working to make repairs to the 24th Street bridge.

The closure on I-135 will start at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 4, and last for about four hours.

It covers a stretch of I-135 near Newton. Crews will be working at the 24th Street Bridge, which was hit by the bed of a semi earlier this month.

There will be signs diverting traffic from I-135 to US-50 to K-15 to south Kansas Avenue to SE 36th and back to I-135.


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