Northbound I-135 ramps to be closed later this spring, traffic to be sent around town

By Staff Reports
March 16, 2015

McPherson County Public Works and the Kansas Dept. of Transportation (KDOT) are working on two projects on US Hwy 56 that will impact McPherson residents and travelers. The projects include the installation of a traffic signal at the northbound exit/on ramps and widening of US 56 from I-135 to a point east of 17th Ave.

The Board of McPherson County Commissioners got some clarification on the timeline Monday from McPherson County Public Works Engineer Justin Mader.

Mader said that NCRA had contacted KDOT to get a more specific time frame on the closure of the northbound on ramp and exit ramp at I-135 exit 60, as the proposed detour route along K153 spur would negatively affect their parking situation during their turnaround period.

The contractor has agreed to do the portions of the project prior to the ramp closure and then working days will be suspended until the first week of May, to allow for most of the turnaround period to be worked through before maximum pressure is put on the detour.

The official signed detour will take traffic onto K153 spur rather than through town on Main Street, contrary to previous information. That said, drivers will be able to access McPherson by going up Main from the south, that's just not the way KDOT will route most traffic.