U.S. 50 project starts today in Lone Jack

A long-awaited interchange project that’s intended to enhance traffic safety on U.S. 50 in Lone Jack starts this morning.

Starting at 9 a.m., highway crews will close the Bynum Road Bridge over 50 Highway until October. The bridge is going to be demolished and replaced with one that will span both the eastbound and westbound lanes of U.S. 50. Of course, all of this is weather permitting.

Once completed, Lone Jack will have a new interchange that will largely keep cross-traffic separate.

Currently, traffic on Bynum Road can use a bridge to get across the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50, but drivers have to exercise caution at the westbound lanes, which meet U.S. 50 at-grade in a congested commercial and residential area.

Eastbound U.S. 50 will be down to one lane and traffic will be shifted up and down the ramps at Bynum Road for one week when the bridge is demolished and the debris is removed.

Once that’s done, both eastbound and westbound Route 50 will be reduced to one lane through October. Speed limits will be reduced to 45 mph in each direction in the construction zone.