Closure of Mission Road in Fairway starts Monday

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Construction congestion is going to get a bit worse for northeast Johnson County motorists starting Monday.

Crews replacing an aging water main will force the closure of sections of Mission Road between Reinhardt Drive and 63rd Street. The work will likely compound detour issues motorists face in the area, with 63rd Street closed from Mission Road to State Line Road for 10 months as Mission Hills works to replace the bridge at Indian Lane.

Here’s the information Fairway Police Chief Mike Fleming sent out about the traffic impacts of the project:

WaterOne of Johnson County is planning to begin replacement of the water main on Mission Road from approximately Reinhardt Drive south to 63rd Street beginning on Monday, February 29, 2016. The first few days of the project will involve the closure of the Howe Drive/Reinhardt & Mission Road intersection while WaterOne taps into the main. During this time Mission Road will remain open requiring vehicles coming off Shawnee Mission Parkway to use Eastvale or 61st Terrace to enter Reinhardt Estates. Once the initial work has been completed the Howe Drive/Reinhardt & Mission Road intersection will reopen. Sections of Mission Road will be completely impassable in work zones and detour routes to Roe Blvd. will be marked to assist motorists in the area. In addition, sign boards have been in place to warn motorist of the closure and to plan alternate routes. All businesses on Mission Road are open during the project and detours will be marked to assist patrons in quickly getting to them. Upon completion of the Water One Project, the City of Fairway will begin a mill and overlay project to complete the street repairs on Mission Road. The target completion date for the mill and overlay work will be in the summer; a more precise date will be determined as the project progresses and no road closure is anticipated during this time.

The Fire Department and Johnson County Med-Act have been advised and have worked out alternate routes for emergency vehicles while the road is closed and impassable. For residents familiar with the area please try to avoid the construction and use alternate routes during this time as it will help in easing the flow of traffic. The Police Department will be monitoring traffic in the Highlands and Reinhardt Estates areas to address concerns as soon as possible. Thank you ahead of time for your cooperation and understanding during the shutdown.