But a month in, the Kansas Department of Transportation hopes drivers will be willing to suffer delays and detours as long as they know about them beforehand.
KDOT has created a website to keep drivers updated. A couple of times a week, it texts drivers who sign up for the free alerts about lane closures.
The $288 million project will overhaul Interstate 35, Kansas 10 and the huge Interstate 435 interchange, affecting an estimated 230,000 drivers a day.
Construction started at the end of May, and lane closures now occur in different areas daily. Construction has started in the southwest area and will slowly spread northeast.
In addition to creating a website at www.jocogateway.com and a text service, KDOT has talked with businesses in the area, asking them to keep their employees and customers aware of delays that may be caused by construction.
The Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau also hopes to keep the businesses it works with aware by sending a newsletter about lane closures to each of the city’s 63 hotels.
KDOT said that ultimately the project, slated to be completed by Dec. 31, 2016, will reduce congestion and simplify connections between side streets and freeways. He said it will lead to safer expressways, less pollution due to fewer traffic jams and a projected economic impact of $1.3 billion and 1,100 full-time jobs.
This year, crews will work on College Boulevard between Ridgeview Road and Renner Boulevard, the Kansas 10 and Ridgeview interchange, westbound I-435, eastbound major roads from Renner Boulevard to Lackman Road and the flyover bridge from eastbound Kansas 10 to northbound I-435.