Work on new interchanges at Blue Parkway, Pryor Road will snarl traffic in Lee's Summit

Lee’s Summit drivers will have a week’s worth of traffic problems starting today stemming from work on the new interchanges at Blue Parkway and Pryor Road.

Highway crews will be closing the on-ramp from Douglas Road to to westbound I-470 starting at 8 tonight. The ramp isn’t expected to reopen until 5 a.m. Aug. 27.

Drivers will be detoured north on Douglas Road to westbound Colbern Road to Missouri 350. Drivers should head east on 350 Highway to the westbound I-470 ramp.

Although the Blue Parkway interchange opened last week, workers are planning to build roads that connect the Blue Parkway interchange to the Pryor Road interchange, which opened last year. The project totals about $46 million. The work won’t be finished until June 2010.

Of course, this closure depends on the weather.