We've been hearing about it for months, but the time is here. The westbound US 54 Ramp to NB I-235 is now closed until October for reconstruction. This is all part of the RED Project.
Work on the Red Project began November 10, 2015. Lane and ramp closures will affect the entire interchange area. The completion of the Red Project will address many of the heaviest traffic movements between I-235 and U.S. 54. Highlights include:
A two-lane flyover ramp for southbound I-235 to eastbound U.S. 54
A one-lane flyover ramp for northbound I-235 to westbound U.S. 54
Removal of the loop ramps in the southwest and northeast quadrants of the interchange
The loop ramp for eastbound U.S. 54 to northbound I-235 (in the southeast quadrant of the interchange) will be reconstructed with a more generous turning radius
The northbound I-235 ramp to eastbound U.S. 54 will be braided into the new ramp lanes from southbound I-235 to eastbound U.S. 54
The U.S. 54 bridge over West Street has been widened to accommodate the new ramp lanes
Auxiliary lanes on I-235 have been constructed between U.S. 54 and Central Avenue
During construction, two lanes for each direction on I-235 and three lanes for each direction of U.S. 54 will be maintained as much as possible. However, it will be necessary to close lanes and interchange ramps at times to facilitate efficient construction sequences.
Complete closure of highway sections is planned as the project progresses but notice to drivers will be given and posted detours will be used. Planned completion date is the summer of 2019.