About 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 will be widened to accommodate the new ramp lanes

  • Auxiliary lanes on I-235 will be 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.

Current Traffic Impacts

  • On Thursday, March 23, 9 am until midnight, Right lane of WB US 54 closed, WB US 54 Ramp to SB I-235 CLOSED, NB I-235 Ramp to WB US 54 CLOSED. At 9 pm, the middle lane of WB US 54 will also be closed until midnight. Detour for SB I-235 to WB US 54 will exit onto EB US 54 to Edwards to WB US 54.

  • On Thursday night, March 23, 8 pm until 5 am, West Street under US 54 will be CLOSED for bridge work over traffic lanes on West St.

  • The SB I-235 Exit to WB US 54 is CLOSED for up to one year for the demolition of the ramp bridge over the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway and the construction of a large bridge pier that will support two bridges -- one for SB I-235 to WB US-54 and one for NB I-235 to WB US-54. A signed detour sends SB I-235 traffic to K-42 then onto NB I-235 to the exit ramp for WB US-54.

  • The entrance ramp from West Street to EB US 54 is CLOSED. Detours are marked using Harry or Maple streets to Edwards to US 54.

  • West Street, from Irving to Taft, is one lane in each direction.

  • Elder Street at Maple is CLOSED for reconstruction of a small part of the street.

  • Eastbound & westbound US 54 are reduced to three 10' lanes at West Street. Speed reduced to 50 mph.

  • Two 11 lanes (with concrete barrier wall) on NB I-235 from K-42 to US 54. Speed reduced to 55 mph.

  • Single lane traffic for each direction is in place on Maple St. under I-235.

  • Two 11’ lanes (with concrete barrier wall) on SB I-235 from Central to US 54. Speed reduced to 55 mph.

Coming Soon

  • On Thursday, March 23, 9 am until midnight, Right lane of WB US 54 closed, WB US 54 Ramp to SB I-235 CLOSED, NB I-235 Ramp to WB US 54 CLOSED. At 9 pm, the middle lane of WB US 54 will also be closed until midnight. Detour for SB I-235 to WB US 54 will exit onto EB US 54 to Edwards to WB US 54.

  • On Thursday night, March 23, 8 pm until 5 am, West Street under US 54 will be CLOSED for bridge work over traffic lanes on West St.

  • A reduction to two lanes for EB US 54 & two lanes for WB US 54 from Hoover to West Street is planned to begin April 1 (until October).