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The Roe Avenue bridges that once stood over Interstate 435 in Johnson County are no more.  Crews imploded the bridges late Saturday night. The Roe Avenue bridges that once stood over Interstate 435 in Johnson County are no more. Crews imploded the bridges late Saturday night.
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

The Roe Avenue bridges that once stood over Interstate 435 in Johnson County are no more.

Crews imploded the bridges late Saturday night.

While the Kansas Department of Transportation has been trying to spread the word about the demolition, it was still a surprise to some who needed to get around.

The work has many now rethinking how they will shop, get to work and whether the detour is actually worth the six months of driving headaches.

"We could adjust to it, but we could go to a store out in Olathe versus coming in this direction," Julio Sanchez said. "I'll say one thing. I wouldn't want to live around here. Not right now."

The project will rebuild the Roe bridges bringing wider lanes. Officials say it will also help to speed traffic along with the diverging diamond interchange.

Three lanes of the highway are set to reopen 10 a.m. Sunday. The left lanes in both directions will remain closed at Roe Avenue from 10-5 p.m.

As far as detours are concerned, 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.

Roe Avenue over I-435 won't reopen until late October.

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