Friday, March 29, 2013

A Big Thank You

In yesterday’s blog I called attention to the fact that a very deserving local advocacy was in need of support with some day-to-day items listed on their Urgent Need list.  I have been heartened by the response and have observed that people in this community rally to do the right thing.  I was very surprised, however, when I got a couple inquiries asking me if this meant that SAFEHOME was somehow financially unstable and I want to ensure everyone that that is absolutely not the case.
SAFEHOME has always been a well-managed organization in all aspects, including financially.  But make no mistake, funding an organization through reliance on other’s generosity is always an ebb and flow challenge.  In addition, the giant need and the limited resources create a constant balancing act for delivery of service.  I asked folks to go to the Urgent Need list and donate items from that this list and am pleased that people are doing so and hope that others will continue to do so.  Please understand that items placed on this list for donations free up other operating funds.  By helping to manage through donations, the agency is able to stretch their dollars to fulfill their significant needs.
Thanks again.  Your generosity confirms what I have always believed to be true, that this community takes care to help one another.

A Rude Wake up Call for Some Overland Park Visitors

The recent news that several visitors to Overland Park were victims of thefts is frustrating to hear.  The news that there have been a total of 29 victims of the same type of crime this month alone is infuriating.

On the morning of March 5th, visitors left their hotel rooms and returned to the parking lot to find 15 vehicles with broken windows and stolen items.  14 more vehicles were broken into on the morning of March 27th.  A variety of items was targeted and included nearly anything that was left in these vehicles that was easy to grab. The thieves even took the time to remove the in-dash stereos of some vehicles.

Officers on the midnight shift have stepped up patrols in these areas with the goal being to prevent future break-ins or, even better, catch the culprit or culprits.  Detectives are also working hard sifting through any available evidence and following up on leads. but there are steps the public can take to reduce the chances of becoming a victim.

Does this mean that the hotels aren’t safe?  No, that’s not what it means.  Thefts like these are often crimes of opportunity and hotels can be a target-rich environment.  Hotel guest sometimes have their hands full carrying in a suitcase or duffle bag full of clothes.  That GPS unit, Ipod, DVD player, camera or other such device might not seem as important to grab.  Even a cup holder of change can be a target. 

There are steps the public can take to reduce the chances of becoming a victim. Regardless of if you are visiting an area, out shopping, at work, or even at home, don’t leave items in your vehicle.  If they’re there, it is a temptation.  We are always saying, but it’s worth saying again, if someone looks like they are lurking in a parking lot, tell someone.  The hotel employees know to call the police and usually employees at businesses or apartment complexes will call police, too, but don’t hesitate to make that call yourself, if you want.

Obviously, this is not something we want to continue.  Help us, help you.  If there’s nothing there to take, the greedy will look for a victim somewhere else.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Save the Women and Children First

The phrase “women and children first” was, in the beginning, a maritime rule established by the British for handling disasters at sea.  It became part of the worldwide lexicon with the sinking of the Titanic where the inadequate number of lifeboats forced the decision of who would be saved, primarily women and children first.  This was more than a maritime rule; it was a statement by our society that the most vulnerable should be protected by the strong and capable. 
So today we find ourselves with one of those situations right here in Johnson County.  The Johnson County SAFEHOME provides essential services to the victims of domestic violence.  Without a doubt, these women and children are among the most vulnerable in our society.  Imagine for a moment leaving what should be the safest place for you, your home, often in the middle of the night with virtually nothing save the clothes on your back and doing so to escape from one of the persons you had trusted the most.  People who had once had resources and options and confidence now are forced to live in hiding often without the basic things we take for granted.  SAFEHOME provides safety, security and a little comfort while their shattered lives are repaired and put back into perspective. 
Now SAFEHOME is in trouble.  They are finding it increasingly difficult to provide even the basics of care for the victims of domestic violence.  So much so that they have requested assistance through our COPPS unit in obtaining the kind of basic things that we take for granted.
 Imagine again for a moment trying to move on with your life in the arms of strangers and having to deal with a limited amount of diapers for your children, personal hygiene aids for yourself, a lack of sleepwear, shoes, and even toilet paper.  When you think about it, this added degradation on top of obvious abuse is almost too difficult for us to contemplate.
 In a community such as ours, where help has always been a call away, it is essential that we aid this organization in providing some of the basics for victims of abuse.  Consequently, I have asked the members of our police department to step up and to provide both monetary and material aid to help remedy this obvious need.  I have confidence that they will do just that, but I am concerned that will not be enough.  I am asking those of you who are reading this blog to step forward, as well, by clicking on the link below to donate to this worthy cause.  If you prefer to donate a material item, please feel free to drop off your donation to our W. Jack Sanders Station (12400 Foster St.) between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, and we will ensure your donation is received by SAFEHOME.
It is a Midwest tradition left over from our pioneer forefathers that we watch out for and help our neighbors in need.  I am hoping that we can count on that spirit of generosity during this difficult period of time for SAFEHOME.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Officer, Is Something Going On?

From time to time we receive calls from concerned citizens about the happenings in their neighborhood.  It’s only natural to want to know what is going on, particularly in those cases where there are larger groups of officers or when officers arrive in some type of tactical type of gear.  Unfortunately, there are times when we cannot answer specific questions about the details or nature of a call.

I once wrote about the delicate balance between a person’s right to know and need to know.  Sometimes this is because of details of a crime that must be protected for future trial issues and other times it may be as basic as a person’s right to protect health information or HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).  With that statement you may wonder how HIPAA would be involved with a police call.  Anytime someone requires medical attention, a mental evaluation, or a call that is a suicide threat, it can become a HIPAA related event.

Above all else, the officers operate with the safety of the public and involved parties in mind.  The situation, at any given time, dictates their response and notification to area residents when needed.

Unfortunately, we cannot always provide the details people clamor for, but there is a way you can do some research on your own to find out about activity in your area.

The city website, has a link to an interactive crime map.  This map is available for you to access and search the area around a given address.  By accessing the interactive map you can find what types of reported incidents have occurred in the past 60-days.

While I hope you can get more than a “Nothing to see here” response, in the event that is what you are told at the time, you can at least refer to the crime map.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Cat’s in the Cradle

Did you see the story about the New Zealand mother who left her newborn child in a vehicle while she ran into a store to do some shopping?  It’s not just that she left the child in the car unattended, but she left a note on the sleeping newborn that said she was in the store shopping and if there was a problem to call a phone number she left on the note.

Unfortunate as it may be, Overland Park police respond to calls for service from time to time to check the welfare of a child, or children, left in an unattended car.  Sometimes these callers report an infant was left secured in a car seat and unattended in a vehicle.  Sometimes the children are a little older, but left in a vehicle exposed to the elements.  Officers have even found young children wandering a busy parking lot and after they made contact, they learned that the children left an unattended vehicle.  Upon finding the unattended vehicle, they found even younger children still in the car.
Besides it being illegal, there are so many things that can happen to a small child left unattended in a vehicle.  A malfunction with the vehicle can cause it to catch fire, the child can fall victim to a predator, the vehicle can be stolen, the child can be overcome by the elements, and these are just a few things.  Think of the worst possible things… it can happen.

In Overland Park there is a law that prohibits minors from being left in an unattended vehicle by any adult unless such child has the present ability to release themselves from the vehicle.  In the case where the children were found wandering the parking lot, officers considered child endangerment to be an appropriate charge.

All charges and consequences aside, children rely on us to make good decisions and keep them safe.  It is imperative we protect our children.  They are our future and one day we will rely on them.

Monday, March 25, 2013

NotifyJOCO is Up and Running

Several years ago the Overland Park Police Department utilized a mass notification system which was labeled “reverse 911”. The technology at the time allowed dispatchers to send out a prerecorded message to certain residential or business phone numbers alerting people to crucial information which may affect them.

As cell phone technology advanced and more people were replacing their land-lines with cell phones, “reverse 911” was no longer an optimal choice to notify people.

In late February, a new county-wide notification system was launched. Overland Park, along with government and utility agencies including Johnson County, Lenexa, Mission Hills, Olathe, Prairie Village, Shawnee and Water One, is participating in NotifyJoCo, a free public notification system that communicates emergency information through phone, text and email messages.

Sean Reilly, Public Information Officer for the City of Overland Park, says that by using contact information, officials from Overland Park and other participating agencies can notify the public about issues affecting certain locations.

Initially, to develop a contact list, officials have purchased a list of about 140,000 telephone numbers in Johnson County. However, that does not include everyone’s phone number.

To ensure you are included, you must either verify or submit your information.

You will be asked to provide your contact information, which will remain confidential. You will then be prompted to identify the locations you are concerned about including home, work or your child’s school. (Local school districts have their own separate notification system).

To sign up, visit the city’s website at, and search “notify” or visit If you do not have computer access, call 913-895-6000.

All contact information provided will be kept confidential.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Sometimes It’s Worth Taking a Chance

Elizabeth Kindscher wasn’t sure what to expect when she made her phone call to my office.  She spoke with my assistant, LaVon.  She explained she was studying criminal justice at Rockhurst and that to graduate she was required to complete an internship.  Elizabeth knew Kansas City, Missouri Police Department had an intern program, but she was interested in Overland Park.  She did not know if Overland Park had an intern program, but thought, what’s the harm in asking.  No harm in asking at all, and you might like the answer you get.  Right, Elizabeth?

The police department does have an internship program.  This is an unpaid internship and usually begins in early June and continues through mid-August.  We do, on occasion, take on an internship during the school year.

During her internship Elizabeth helped with the In Defense Of Our Schools project, did ride-a-longs, shadowed personnel in Police Administration, Dispatch, Investigations, and the Crime Analysis Unit.  She said she found it interesting to learn how the department works and gained a better understanding of how police calls are handled.

Today Elizabeth completes her internship with the police department.  But she won’t be turning in her ID card just yet.  Elizabeth said she enjoyed working with the department so much that she will be volunteering in the Crime Analysis Unit.

Elizabeth has plans to apply to the police department to be a police officer.  Until then she’ll keep her foot in the door by volunteering.  And to think, it all started with a phone call.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sometimes The Roles Are Reversed

The call came out that a motorist assist vehicle was on fire at I-435 and Roe.  What was meant was that it was THE Overland Park Motorist Assist vehicle on fire, not a vehicle that the Motorist Assist Officer stopped to help another driver whose car was on fire.

Around 11:00 am yesterday, Motorist Assist Officer Tom Coyle contacted dispatch to advise them smoke was coming from the dash of his vehicle.  He pulled to the side of the highway and exited the vehicle as it caught on fire.  The fire department arrived a short time later and extinguished the flames.  In the end, there were no injuries, but the vehicle was a loss.

The motorist assist vehicle carries items to assist on their calls for service.  Those items include extra cones, lane closure signs, drinking water, coolant for vehicles, extra gas for vehicles and tools for changing tires.

The good news is, this isn’t our only motorist assist vehicle and you will still see Overland Park Motorist Assist Officers out there on the highways and byways to provide help when needed.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dive! Dive! Dive!

With today being the first day of spring you might be thinking that future April showers should be bringing May flowers, but those rains could also bring floods.  For me, the possibility of floods has brought to mind the Overland Park Police Department’s Water Rescue Team.

The dive team is made up of seven officers and one sergeant.  Before becoming part of this specialized unit they had to, of course, prove they could swim, but you might not have thought about making sure they were not claustrophobic.  The team often comments about how dark it is in the water.  They describe it as so black that, even with a flashlight, you cannot see your hand when it is placed on the dive mask.  This means that a lot of their recovery efforts are done by feel. 

Think about that for a moment.  Can you picture yourself in the complete blackness of deep water feeling for what you are supposed to be recovering?  Or how about not seeing those hazards you should try to avoid?  A team diver once came up from a dive with 12 fish hooks in her dive suit.  Obviously this is not a job that just anyone can do.

The dive team utilizes equipment such as a ridged hull inflatable boat and dive masks that are equipped with communication devices. The team members are capable of prompt and efficient responses to underwater or swift water rescue scenes. They respond to calls for service for evidence recovery and drowning victims among other things.  The dive team has assisted other law enforcement agencies, the US Army and the United States Geological Survey.

So when the April Showers do start up, rest assured, we have a staff for that.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Shout Out To Mrs. Davis’ 3rd Grade Class

We really never know what a day might bring us when we show up to work.  Sometimes it can be very stressful.  Other times it can “quiet”, which is a word many officers don’t like to say believing it will cause the call load to suddenly spike.  There are times when officers go home emotionally exhausted and, admittedly, from time to time they wonder if their efforts have gone unnoticed.  “Thank yous” can be few and far between at times, but every now and then we get a smile.

Mrs. Davis’ 3rd grade class recently sent us smiles in the form of several letters.  They told the officers they were studying heros and wanted to thank them for the work they do.  Some of them had questions.  LouLu asked what my favorite time of the day is and Abby asked if we stayed up the entire night when we are working.  LouLu, my favorite time of the day, when I was still working in a patrol car, was just before sunset, when the weather was warm.  I would drive with my patrol car windows down and listen for the sounds and mood of the city.  I could tell if the city was bustling and busy or calm and quiet by the sounds.   And Abby, yes, there are always some of us up all night, watching out to make sure you and your family are safe.

As you can see from this picture, the officers enjoyed reading and sharing the notes.

Monday, March 18, 2013

They Said They Saw Lots of Taxis

Overland Park police officers conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol on Saturday, March 16th, 2013. The DUI Saturation Patrol was conducted with the intent to reduce alcohol related auto accidents and discourage impaired driving. 

Officers who were working that night made several comments that there were a lot of taxis moving about.  I take this to be a sign that people were making responsible decisions and that the message that driving impaired is not a safe or socially acceptable decision.

The DUI Saturation Patrol was enforced between 10:00 PM and 2:00 AM.

The following are the statistical results:
2 - DUI Arrests
2 - Drivers Tested for DUI
1 - Speeding
1 - Suspended Driver’s License
3 - Right/Left Turn Violations
1 - Red Light Violation
2 - Improper Turn Violations
1 - Driver’s License Violation
6 - Other Traffic Violations
1 - No Insurance Violation
1 - Other Arrest
20 - Total vehicles stopped

Friday, March 15, 2013

Six Individuals Arrested During Prostitution Sting

The Overland Park Police Department conducted a Vice Sting on Wednesday, March 13th. The undercover operation resulted in the arrests of four prostituted women, one male for patronizing a prostitute, and another was charged with promoting prostitution. There was also one person charged with drug possession.

This latest sting targeted men and women who use sites like to arrange meetings at various hotels/motels.

The Overland Park Police Department will continue to conduct these prostitution stings sporadically throughout the year to aggressively target those individuals who engage in these activities.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Public Invited to Share a Cup of Coffee with Police

The Community Policing Section would like to announce its first Coffee Connections event. Overland Park residents will have the opportunity to speak with local police officers over a cup of coffee tomorrow, March 15th. Officers from the Overland Park Police Department's Community Oriented Policing Unit will be available from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at Whole Foods, 7401 West 91st Street.

"We want to learn more about the community, its needs, and how the residents and business’s perceive us and the job we do," says Officers in the unit.

Overland Park Police will be available at the cafe for questions and conversation with members of our community. The program is intended to strengthen the partnership between the Police Department and the community. Residents can ask specific or general questions related to their neighborhood.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Police Investigating Overnight Injury Accident

On Tuesday, March 13th, at approximately 9:47 p.m., Overland Park Police responded to a one-car injury accident in the 11200 block of Lowell. 

The preliminary investigation indicated a Chevy Caprice was traveling north on Lowell Avenue at a high rate of speed. The vehicle eventually lost control on an approaching curve and left the roadway. The vehicle came to a stop after striking a tree.

The vehicle was driven by a male in his 20’s who sustained serious injuries and was transported to an area hospital.

The Overland Park Police Traffic Safety Unit continues to investigate this accident.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

“Excuse Me – Can I ask You a Question?”

On March 8th, an elderly female was shopping at a local grocery store when her wallet was taken from inside her purse.  Her credit cards were later used to make fraudulent purchases at an area business.

The victim said she was in the dairy section when she was approached by a female who began asking her questions about certain grocery items. The female followed her into the meat section and continued to distract her while another female reached into the victim’s purse and took her wallet.

The investigating officer reviewed the surveillance video and identified two females who entered the store together and are wanted for questioning in this case.

If you recognize the two subjects in the photo below, please contact the Overland Park Police Department at (913) 344-8750.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Special Safety Belt and Child Car Seat Enforcement

The Traffic Safety Section and the Community Policing Section will be participating in the Seatbelt Awareness Enforcement Event, which will be held from March 11th to March 22nd 2013.  This event is sponsored by the KDOT Bureau of Traffic Safety and Technology.

The enforcement teams will monitor area high schools for seatbelt and other violations which have received repeated complaints at selected high schools.

According to NHTSA's annual National Occupant Protection Use Survey, seat belt use has steadily increased since 1994, with the record high of 86 percent in 2012 representing a two percent increase over the previous year.

Seat belt use continues to be higher in states that have primary belt laws (Kansas), which permit law enforcement officers to issue citations to motorists solely for not using a seat belt rather than requiring additional traffic violations.

The Kansas Safety Belt Use Act (KSA 8-2501) requires the following:

• Each occupant of a passenger car who is 14 years of age or older shall have a safety belt properly fastened at all times the vehicle is in motion.

• Each occupant of a passenger car, at least 14 years of age, but younger than 18 years of age, in any seating position can be cited for this violation (KSA 8-2503(b).

• Front seat occupants of a passenger car who are 18 years of age or older can be cited for this violation.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring Break Crime Prevention Tips

It is finally that time of year - spring is coming and it’s time to get out and enjoy some recreation after a long winter. The most recent snowfall has everyone ready to administer some medication for their “cabin fever.”

As we prepare to get away for a bit we need to be reminded of some basic crime prevention information so your “spring break” does not end up being a “spring bust”.

1.     Don’t advertise you are leaving town: Social media is a great way to share excitement with friends, but wait till after the trip to tell where you’ve been. Don’t broadcast to the criminal element that you and your family will be away for a week. If you have children in college, remind them not to blog about your family plans to be gone.

2.    Create an illusion of occupancy:  While away, arrange for a trusted neighbor to pick up mail, newspapers, and door hangers. If it does snow, make sure someone shovels the walk and takes the trash cans in and out so there is an illusion of occupancy.

3.     Lights, too:  Put lights on timers now so there can be an established look of occupancy (Don’t forget to set the timers for daylight savings time)

4.    Garage and windows:  Keep your car locked and the windows shut even if it is parked in the garage, and take your keys with you. If your house is broken into, there is no need to provide the thief with a car. You also force them to carry items out of a front or back door since your car is parked in the garage blocking the easy exit. Many people un-plug their garage door opener and lock the garage door while they are out of town (Just don’t forget to unlock it and plug it in when you get home).

5.    Alarms:  Make sure a trusted neighbor has a house key and a way to shut off your alarm. If there are storms or electrical issues your alarm could go off several times a day while you are gone. Returning home to find out you are being billed for several false alarms would spoil the end of a relaxing vacation.

6.    In case of emergency:  Make sure a neighbor or relative has your cell number or a way to get in contact with you in case of any home emergency.

7.    Utilities:  It’s always a good idea to turn back the temperature of your water heater, shut off the water to your washing machine (washing machine hose breaks are at the top of the list when it comes to home damage costs). Also having someone check your house daily will give you peace of mind knowing that your pipes aren’t freezing or a garage door malfunction hasn’t opened your garage door while you are away.

8.    Don’t forget about your pet:  If you have pets (especially a dog), a pet sitter can be a valuable asset for crime prevention. The irregular schedule of a person coming and going from the residence, and the sound of a barking dog can be a big deterrent to burglar.

Get a Security Survey:  A crime prevention officer will come to your house to perform a residential security survey. The survey is FREE and will include more tips to help protect your home from being a target.  Call 913-895-6945 or use OPCares at to schedule your survey.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

UPDATE: Injury Accident Now a Fatality

On 3/4/13 at 10:46 p.m., the Overland Park Police Department responded to an injury accident in the 10400 block of Metcalf Avenue.   The driver of the blue Honda CRV, identified as Carson R. Norris of El-Paso TX., age 21, was transported to a local hospital for treatment and has since died from his injuries. 

The Overland Park Police Traffic Safety Unit continues to investigate this accident.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Police Investigating Serious Injury Accident

On Monday, March 4th, at approximately 10:46 p.m., Overland Park Police responded to a two-car injury accident in the area of W. 104th Street and Metcalf Avenue. 

According to witnesses, a blue Honda CRV was traveling north on Metcalf at W. 104th St. before it was struck from behind by a tan GMC pickup truck. The CRV was driven by an adult male and also had an adult female in the front passenger seat. 

The GMC pickup was traveling north on Metcalf Avenue at a high rate of speed driven by an adult male, and another adult male was in the front passenger seat. 

After the initial collision, the GMC traveled to the northeast and rolled on its side before coming to a stop on the east side of the street.  Both vehicles sustained major damage.  The two occupants of the CRV were transported to a nearby hospital. The driver of the CRV sustained critical injuries, while the passenger had serious injuries.  The two occupants of the GMC were uninjured.  Preliminary investigation indicates alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

The Overland Park Police Traffic Safety Unit continues to investigate this accident.

Monday, March 4, 2013

March 3-9 is Severe Weather Week

On February 28th, Governor Brownback signed a proclamation declaring March 3rd – 9th as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas. The goal of the week-long awareness initiative is to remind everyone that severe weather conditions can occur year-round, and now is the time to begin preparation.

According to the website Safe Kids Kansas, there were 94 tornadoes across the state of Kansas during 2012. With that in mind, now is the time to think about what you and your family are going to do during severe weather events.

Know the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING

WATCH:  When conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop, a severe thunderstorm or tornado WATCH is issued.

WARNING:   A WARNING is issued when severe weather is imminent.
Courtesy of Safe Kids Kansas
If a tornado warning is issued, your family should immediately go to your designated tornado shelter which may be a storm shelter or a basement. If you are not able to get underground, then move to an interior room, hallway, bathroom, or closet on the lowest level. If possible, get under a sturdy piece of furniture to protect you from debris, and stay away from windows.

If you are in a vehicle or mobile home, get out immediately and head to the nearest shelter. Do not try and outrun a tornado in your vehicle. If you are outside, lie flat in a low location, and cover your head with your hands. Do not take shelter under an overpass or bridge. Flash flooding causes more weather related deaths annually, so be aware of your surroundings if you seek shelter in a ditch or ravine.

If you determine you need to take shelter, be sure every family member puts on hard-soled footwear and take your emergency disaster kit with you.

An emergency disaster kit should contain: 

  • non-perishable food items and water;
  • a manual can opener if your kit contains canned food;
  • blankets or sleeping bags;
  • a change of clothing for each family member;
  • a first-aid kit;
  • prescription medications;
  • sun block;
  • a flashlight and batteries;
  • a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio;
  • a set of car and house keys;
  • a whistle to signal for help;
  • a highway map that marks the counties to follow the storm;
  • identification and a credit card or cash;
  • and, any specific items you may need for children such as diapers or formula.
Don’t forget any additional supplies and equipment that may be needed for family members with disabilities or medical conditions.

Don’t forget your pets.  Their needs may include food, water, collars and leashes, crates or cages.

Designate an out-of-state friend or family member as your family contact in case weather strikes while your family members are apart.  Each family member should know the phone number of the emergency contact person, and call to alert them they are safe and where they are going to be.

Develop an emergency plan for severe weather and practice the plan often with your children. Be sure to include scenarios when you are at home, work, school or outdoors.

After a storm has passed, watch for fallen power lines and structures that may be weakened from storm damage. Use flashlights instead of candles, matches or lighters, as there may be leaking natural gas pipes or fuel tanks nearby.

Safe Kids Kansas also recommends that your family learn basic CPR first aid, and teach young children how to call 9-1-1. Severe weather can strike at any time with little or no notice. The best way to protect yourself and your family members is by being prepared in advance.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Traffic Alerts from KDOT

I-435 & U.S. 69 Interchange Red Project

EXPECT DELAYS! RAMP CLOSURE: Eastbound I-435 to northbound U.S. 69 ramp will be CLOSED for bridge construction work beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 24/7 round the clock, through October 2013, weather permitting.

The ramp will be closed for construction work on bridge pier number three for the new southbound U.S. 69 to College Boulevard ramp bridge.

Advance message boards will alert traffic to the ramp closure. A marked detour will be provided. Eastbound I-435 traffic will continue east to the Antioch Road interchange exit then head back on westbound I-435 to northbound U.S. 69. Drivers should expect delays and must use alternate routes during the ramp closure.

The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

To find out about more about the I-435 & U.S. 69 Interchange Area Improvement Red Project, visit the project website at: