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 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.

  • Maple Street under I-235 has been reduced to one lane in each direction.

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

  • The EB US 54 Ramp to West Street is OPEN.

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

  • EB US 54 Ramp to NB I-235 is CLOSED for a number of months. Detour to Edwards St. then to WB US 54 to NB I-235.

  • SB I-235 Ramp to EB US 54 is CLOSED and will reopen when the new flyover ramp is completed. Detour to onto WB US 54 to Dugan Road then to EB US 54.

  • The new NB I-235 Exit to EB US 54 is OPEN and it provides access to West Street.

  • Elder Street at Maple is CLOSED.

Coming Soon

  • The two-lane flyover ramp for SB I-235 to EB US 54 will open soon.

  • In June or July, EB US 54 west of I-235 will be reduced to two lanes for 120 days to finish bridge work over the Wichita - Valley Center Floodway, the EB US 54 Ramp to NB I-235, overhead signs, and other project work.

  • Temporary closures of US 54 and I-235 may occur in April for removal of overhead bridge building components.