Drivers in southern Johnson County need to build extra time into their commute today.
They should expect major delays in both directions on U.S. 69 starting this morning when the road is narrowed to one lane from 103rd Street to I-35, weather permitting.
Northbound 69 will be down to one lane from from 9 a.m. today until 5 a.m. Thursday. The southbound side of the highway will be down to one lane from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
This section of highway carries about 78,000 vehicles a day, so expect major backups and delays.
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The closures are part of the $82 million project to widen U.S. 69 to three lanes in each direction from I-435 to I-35. The project is expected to last until fall 2011.