The Kansas Department of Transportation is planning to begin widening Interstate 35 from three to four lanes in a stretch of highway near 67th and 75th streets in the coming weeks.The stretch of highway getting a fourth lane begins just south of I-35 at 67th Street and continues to just south of I-35 at 75th Street. Construction is slated to start in mid-March.I-35 regularly experiences a bottleneck effect, especially during peak traffic times, because northbound I-35 merges with northbound U.S. 69 just south of 75th Street.Kelly Kultala, public affairs manager for KDOT District 1, said the area will have some lane closures, but the highway is expected to remain open during construction.During the first four months of the project, the southbound on-ramp to I-35 from 75th Street and the southbound exit ramp to 75th Street from I-35 will be closed.“None of the lanes on I-35 will be closed,” Kultala said. “However, the contractor may need to have temporary lane closures from time to time reducing the current three lanes to two lanes.”KDOT recommends vehicles detour at Shawnee Mission Parkway and take Antioch Road between 67th and 87th streets. Kultala said to expect traffic delays.Construction is anticipated to be completed by mid- to late November.
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MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) lambasted losing senatorial candidate Lorenzo Gadon as it reminded the public to wear face masks as protection against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon was recently seen wearing a face shield with a face mask taped to it. MANILA BULLETIN DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that Gadon’s statement does not help as the public knows that people have been infected, many have died, the economy has suffered, and that healthcare workers are overwhelmed due to the virus. “This is not a joking matter,” Vergeire said. “Sana lahat ng tao naiintindihan nila kung ano po ang implikasyon kapag nagsasalita po sila sa public because people might be following them and this is not the right way to go. Magkakasakit po ang mga tao.” Vergeire also pointed out that, based on scientific studies, wearing a mask protects a person from being infected by 85%, and that wearing a mask and face shield and observing physical distancing prevent infection by 99%. “We seek the help of everybody in giving the accurate information to our general public,” she said. In the same way, she said the public should only listen to “accurate information.” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in a virtual press conference on Monday also dismissed the statements made by Gadon. Gadon was recently seen wearing a face shield with a face mask taped to it. In explaining his move, Gadon said that the government has “overreacted” to COVID-19 pandemic. “Hindi naman siya doktor, let that be his personal opinion,” Roque said. “Ang mga dalubhasa, nagsasabi na ang pagsuot ng mask at shield ay magbababa ng chances of transmission ng 90%.”/PN