Ramp closure work continues throughout the next few weeks in preparation for crews to replace the U.S. 50 bridges over Chipman Rd. in Lee’s Summit. These bridges have reached the end of their service life and must be replaced. In addition to the new bridges, sidewalks will be provided on both sides of Chipman Rd. through the interchange providing new critical connections for pedestrians. All work is weather permitting.

U.S. 50 Impacts

  • On Monday, March 28 crews began Phase 1 of construction which includes widening work on the U.S. 50 on and off ramps at Chipman Rd. Closed ramps will possibly be re-opened on weekends, but motorists can expect to see various ramp closures.
    • The ramp closure schedule is as follows and is weather permitting:
      • CLOSED NOW: The on ramp from Chipman Rd. to westbound U.S. 50:
        • Crews CLOSED the on ramp from Chipman Rd. to westbound U.S. 50 on March 30, until approximately 6 p.m. on Friday, April 8. Please note, this was originally anticipated to re-open on Tuesday, April 5 but that date has changed.
      • CLOSING WEDNESDAY: The on ramp from Chipman Rd. to eastbound U.S. 50:
        • Crews will CLOSE the on ramp from Chipman Rd. to eastbound U.S. 50 beginning at approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6, until approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. This ramp could possibly be re-opened during the weekend but will be closed again on the weekdays noted.
      • NEXT WEEK: The off ramp from eastbound U.S. 50 to Chipman Rd.:
        • Crews will CLOSE the off ramp from  eastbound U.S. 50 to Chipman Rd. beginning at approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, until approximately Monday, April 18 when it (and the other three ramps) will all be closed to prepare them for allowing traffic to be diverted around the U.S. 50 closure.
    • During the ramp closures for widening work, access may be restricted to and from U.S. 50 and Chipman Rd. There will be no signed detours during this time and motorists MUST find alternate routes.
    • Beginning in mid to late April, The U.S. 50 bridge over Chipman Rd. will close for replacement. A specific date will be announced soon. Motorists will be routed around the closure via the on and off ramps during this time.
      • Motorists will be able to turn right onto Chipman Rd. from both eastbound and westbound U.S. 50. Left turns will not be allowed.
      • Both mainline eastbound U.S. 50 and the ramp from eastbound I-470 to eastbound U.S. 50 will be reduced to ONE LANE a piece for merging purposes. Motorists can expect to see most impacts during the evening rush hour.

Chipman Rd. Impacts

  • Tentatively beginning on Monday, April 18, crews will CLOSE Chipman Rd. between Murray Rd. and Blue Parkway until approximately late-July, or until the bridges are complete. Once closed, motorists can follow the signed detour or use alternate routes.

Once the bridges are complete, the project will move in to Phase 3 will include roadway resurfacing and ADA improvements on Chipman Rd.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges Program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. For full details, visit our project webpage.

For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE. Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

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