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

  • The entrance ramp from northbound West Street to EB US 54 is OPEN. No access yet for southbound West St. traffic to the ramp.

  • The EB US 54 Exit Ramp to West Street is CLOSED until late 2017 to complete the new ramps from I-235 to EB US 54 and to West Street.

  • Maple Street under I-235 has reopened to two lanes in each direction.

  • US 54 from Hoover to West Street, has been reduced to two lanes in each direction (until October). These lane closures will allow the ramp bridges over US 54 to be constructed.

  • The SB I-235 Exit to WB US 54 is CLOSED until late summer for the construction of the ramp bridges over the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway -- 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.

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

  • Elder Street at Maple is CLOSED and Elder will be terminated with a cul de sac (to be built soon).

  • 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.

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

Coming Soon

  • Repairs to the bridge deck on WB US-54 over the Floodway (Big Ditch) may require a weekend closure of WB US-54 west of I-235 in June. Details unknown at this time.

  • By late June, traffic on West Street should be open to all lanes. Plus, the only ramp that will be closed will be the EB US-54 Ramp to West St.