Bridge construction will slow U.S. 69 traffic

Try to avoid U.S. 69 through Overland Park today if you can.

This key north-south route through Johnson County will be narrowed to one lane between 119th Street and 135th Street from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. so a new bridge can be constructed at 132nd Street.

The highway carries between 50,000 and 70,000 vehicles a day, and even the smallest wreck can cause extensive delays. Police are warning impatient drivers not to risk getting a ticket by cutting across the median to turn around.