Second phase of I-240 project begins Monday; expect lane closures

Cones are in place to block lanes for the I-240 project that begins Monday, June 19. (KOKH/Jordann Lucero)

Monday, the next phase of construction of the I-240/I-35 interchange will begin, ODOT announced.

A major traffic change will happen Tuesday. At 7 pm, crews will permanently close the Shields on-ramp to eastbound I-240. Drivers will need to use the new Santa Fe ramp for access to I-240.

"This will help improve traffic flow and safety by eliminating weaving movements and backups where drivers are trying to enter and exit I-240 at the same place," ODOT said in a statement.

All work for this phase will focus on the southwest portion of the corridor.

The highways and service road should remain open every day, but drivers should expect lane closures:

  • To start, from 7 pm to 6 am Monday into Tuesday and Tuesday into Wednesday, I-240 from Santa Fe to I-35 will be down to ONE LANE.
  • After that, the area will be down to TWO LANES until further notice.
  • The eastbound service road will be down to ONE LANE from Shields to SE 82nd.

Later in the project, crews will reconstruct the ramp from eastbound I-240 to I-35 southbound.

This phase of work should be completed by next summer.

Altogether all six phases to improve the corridor are expected to cost $115 million, according to ODOT. All work should be completed in 2023.

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