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 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.

Current Traffic Impacts

  • Maple Street under I-235 is open to two lanes for each direction.

  • EB US 54 Ramp, Dugan to West St., has been reduced to two lanes until October.

  • EB US 54 Ramp to SB I-235 is OPEN.

  • EB US 54 Ramp to NB I-235 is CLOSED until October. Detour to SB I-235 to K-42 then two left turns onto NB I-235.

  • WB US 54 Ramp to NB I-235 is CLOSED. Detour to SB I-235 to K-42 then two left turns onto NB I-235.

  • WB US 54 Ramp to SB I-235 is OPEN.

  • SB I-235 Two Lane Flyover Ramp to EB US 54 is OPEN. Access to West St. is provided.

  • SB I-235 Ramp to WB US 54 is OPEN.

  • NB I-235 Ramp to EB US 54 is OPEN. Access to West St. is provided.

  • On April 2, the NB I-235 Ramp to WB US 54 CLOSED. NB I-235 traffic is detoured to EB US 54 to Edwards to WB US 54. The opening of the new NB I-235 Flyover Ramp to WB US 54 is expected in the Fall.

Coming Soon

  • By October 5, two new ramps will open: EB US 54 Ramp to NB I-235, and WB US 54 Ramp to NB I-235.

  • Planned for the weekend of Oct. 5, 6 & 7, a complete closure of US 54 under I-235 will occur to reconstruct the bridge approaches on EB & WB US 54 over the Big Ditch.

  • On October 7, asphalt mill and overlay will begin (for one week) with overnight work on EB & WB US 54 (one direction at a time) from Hoover to Meridian. Expect one lane to close at 7 pm and a second lane to close at 9 pm. All lanes open by 6 am.

  • Planned for the week of Oct. 8, EB & WB US 54, between West St. and Meridian, will have the left lane closed for one week for concrete barrier wall repairs.

  • In October, the NB I-235 Flyover Ramp to WB US 54 will open.