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Sign repairs to close I-70 lanes, ramps Wednesday in eastern Topeka

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Work to repair signs will spur closures Wednesday of lanes and ramps on Interstate 70 near the Adams Street/Banner Trafficway interchange in eastern Topeka, the Kansas Department of Transportation says.

Here’s the info announced Monday by the department, including the schedule for Wednesday’s closures:

Weather permitting, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 9 a.m., eastbound and westbound I-70 lane and ramp closures will occur as crews reinstall an overhead sign structure near the Adams Street/Branner Trafficway interchange in eastern Topeka.

The overheard sign truss was removed from I-70 during the 2007-08 winter season when a vehicle struck and severely damaged the sign structure.

Advance message boards will alert drivers to the lane and ramp closures on I-70. No marked detours will be provided. Drivers should expect minor delays and are advised to use alternate routes, if possible.

The I-70 lane and ramp closures scheduled for Wednesday:

• 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Westbound I-70 left lane will be closed between California Avenue and Adams Street/Branner Trafficway exits.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Westbound I-70 entrance ramp from California Avenue and westbound I-70 exit ramp to Adams Street/Branner Trafficway will be closed; Westbound I-70 will be closed completely for about 15 minutes at some point during this time so that crews can safely swing the entire overhead sign structure into place.

• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Eastbound I-70 left lane will be closed between Eighth Street and California Avenue exits; westbound I-70 right lane will be closed between California Avenue and Adams Street/Branner Trafficway exits.

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