Roads closed in downtown Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's a big week for Kansas City. The Big 12 Basketball Tournament is at the Sprint Center, bringing thousands of fans to the city, which will impact downtown driving.

The tournament doesn't begin until Wednesday, but the first road closure took effect Monday at 10 a.m., with Grand Boulevard between 13th and Truman shutting down.

The second and final round of closures happens Tuesday at 9 a.m., when 14th between Walnut and Grand; and Walnut between 13th and 14th, will both be closed to traffic. All sections of road will reopen at midnight on March 11.

The city recommends downtown drivers allow themselves extra time this week.

Main Street MAX will be providing extra service during the Big 12 games. Go to KCATA.org for details.

More road work began Monday night on Interstate 70, east of downtown. Beginning at 7:30 p.m., MoDOT closed down one eastbound and westbound lane of the interstate for pavement repairs. It impacts the left lane from Manchester Trafficway to the downtown loop. The lanes will be back open Tuesday at 5:30 a.m.

This interstate work is just the beginning of a big paving project on I-70, which will last until June 29.

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