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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Orange barrels on the road are a sure a sign of spring, and motorists are going to be seeing a lot them near the Kansas City International Airport.
The main entrance to KCI will close for up to 21 days.
The northbound ramp from Interstate 29 to Cookingham Drive needs rehabilitation work to extend the bridge's life, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.
Terry Meier has made hundreds of trips to KCI to pick up his customers. He knows a construction zone can significantly impact his day.
"We're pushed. Flights come in early. We've got to get here and up to the gate to meet our passengers. Five minutes could mean having a dissatisfied customer or a service failure," Meier said. "Our whole industry is based on customer satisfaction. If we're late, they won't use us again."
MoDOT crews will be working on the flyover ramp starting at 5 p.m. Sunday.
"We are going to be taking the asphalt deck off and doing concrete repairs, going down as deep as we need to take out the rotten concrete," said Kristy Plummer, senor MoDOT construction inspector MoDOT.
Plummer said the interruption should keep the aging bridge safe for many years.
"The more maintenance and repair work, the longer that bridge is going to last and hopefully inconvenience people less. When we have to do a full replacement, it is closed a lot longer," Plummer said.
Plummer said crews will be doing everything they can to get the 1,000 cars an hour that pass through there where they need to go as quickly as possible.
The detour is through a traffic light which MoDOT will adjust for all the extra traffic.
"That's a lot of cars to flow through that light. We are going to change the intersection. It will be a two-lane ramp through the light. That will get more through there, but be aware that it's going to be tight," Plummer said
However, Meier said he plans on another option to keep him on schedule.
"When you see the light is backed up, you just stay on and go up to Mexico City," Meier said.
Work Zone Awareness Week starts Monday which is a fitting timetable for all the work motorists will see in the metro this summer.
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