New diamond interchange means delays in JoCo

Overland Park, Kan. - Johnson County drivers can expect detours and delays near Roe Avenue and I-435 for the next six months as the Kansas Department of Transportation puts in a new bridge.

Orange and white barricades, flashing lights and heavy machinery will be a common sight for drivers along Roe Avenue into the next few months.

Kelly Perkins drives the area every week to get to work.

"I think if you're conscious of it. There is a way around. Just one of those things it's part of a master plan of some place," she said.

The Winstead's restaurant has a front row seat for the Roe Avenue bridge implosion and reconstruction. Employees are concerned about the impact on customers.

The same is not true for Blades Salon. Diane Sieckman has worked in the salon for more than a decade and doesn't believe the traffic delays will slow business.

"Our business will be fine. Ladies will come get their hair done if they're dying," Sieckman said.

Upon completion, the reconstruction along Roe Avenue will mimic the diamond interchange recently finished near I-35 and Homestead Lane near Gardner. 

A diamond interchange has been deemed a success by K-DOT. They're optimistic Johnson County drivers will feel the same way this fall. 

The implosion is scheduled for Saturday night at midnight.

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