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6-month road project closes Roe Ave. over I-435

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The six-month project that close and rebuild the Roe Avenue bridges over Interstate 435 will begin Friday. The six-month project that close and rebuild the Roe Avenue bridges over Interstate 435 will begin Friday.
Saturday overnight work removed the center bridge structure deck and girders. All that remains of the center structure is the bridge piers that will come down Saturday night via implosion. Saturday overnight work removed the center bridge structure deck and girders. All that remains of the center structure is the bridge piers that will come down Saturday night via implosion.
A marked detour will be provided during the overnight full roadway closure. A map provides the marked detour route. A marked detour will be provided during the overnight full roadway closure. A map provides the marked detour route.
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

For those who drive across Roe Avenue over Interstate 435, be prepared for detours and delays until fall.

The six-month project that will close and rebuild the Roe Avenue bridges over Interstate 435 began Friday.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late November 2014, weather permitting.

Robert Fry, general manager of Clarkson Construction Company, is leading the project.

"Roe Avenue bridges have outlived their design life. KDOT has been patching them along the way," he said.

Even Fry says it's going to be a headache for drivers, but they'll be a lot happier once it is over.

"There will be two brand new structures ... wider structures that will carry the interchange a little faster than what they've got right now," Fry said.

Preparation work began Friday, including the removal of steel girders and bridge decks on middle bridge structures.

On Saturday evening, crews will first place a bed of dirt under the Roe Avenue bridges on I-435 to provide a cushion of sorts to help protect the roadway pavement.

Once the dirt is in place, the Roe Avenue bridges will then be imploded to collapse onto the bed of dirt.

"It's an implosion," Fry said. "We shoot the legs out from under it and let the structure hit the ground."

Crews will then spend the remainder of the overnight closure on Saturday removing the bridge debris and cleaning up the I-435 roadway.

The Kansas Department of Transportation is warning there is no safe place to watch the blast. There is a 1,500-foot radius of the no-man safety zone. They want people to stay away. However, they will be filming it to share with the public later.

Detours will be posted.

Eastbound I-435 traffic should exit at Nall Avenue and take College Boulevard to Roe Avenue to get back on the interstate.

Westbound traffic must exit at Roe Avenue and take 103rd Street to Nall Avenue to access I-435.

Citing safety and better efficiency, KDOT is having a diverging diamond interchange built.

Several businesses around the area rely on drive-through traffic. All of them are already feeling cut off by the road closure.

At Winstead's, located at 10711 Roe Ave., employees are feeling helpless.

Hungry customers are usually waitress Gale Stroth's top concern. These days however, it is the construction just beyond the parking lot.

"If business is down, then no tips. I'm worried about how I'm going to pay my bills, and people I talk to say they're still going to come, but you never know," she said.

The restaurant's general manager, Patty Tanner, said a few customers are really upset.

"And then I have a couple say, 'you know, we'll have to deal with it. You may not see us as often, but we'll deal with it,'" Tanner said.

Tanner said they are taking all glassware off the shelves as a precaution so they don't fall and break during the implosion. She is also worried about the cracking or other damage the blast might cause.

The company hopes to get help from the government to help with lost revenue. They are closing at 10 p.m. Saturday - an hour earlier than normal - so that no one is inside the restaurant when the bridge collapses.

Many shoppers said they plan to avoid the route altogether for the next six months, but the demolition Saturday night is taking them by surprise.

"I'm thinking I don't want to come on this side of town anymore if I have to do this. That's what I'm thinking," Sadie Sanchez said.

"We could adjust to it, but I mean I could go out to a store in Olathe instead of coming this direction," said Julio Sanchez of going to Suburban Lawn and Garden over much closer greenhouses.

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