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Construction near KU Med to cause traffic delays
Construction near KU Med to create traffic delays

New construction projects at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) and the University of Kansas Hospital will create traffic delays now through July 2016.

The projects include the University of Kansas Hospital’s Cambridge North Tower construction at 39th Ave. and Cambridge St., and KUMC’s Health Education Building at 39th Ave. and Rainbow Blvd.

“The University of Kansas is home to the state’s only school of medicine, which means we are uniquely positioned to address Kansas’ critical shortage of healthcare professionals,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “This new building will enable us to increase the number of doctors we train, and to train them in the technologically advanced environment required by a modern health care curriculum. In other words, it positions KU to address the state’s doctor shortage head on and build healthier Kansas communities.”

The Cambridge North Tower will not only add more facilities and services to the University of Kansas Hospital, it will also create 600 new healthcare jobs.

Both projects are expected to be completed in 2017.

Below is a current list of expected traffic delays during the construction:

39th Avenue

  • Although traffic on 39th Ave. will remain two way, it will be reduced to one lane each direction.
  • Pedestrian traffic will be detoured. These routes will be clearly marked.
  • Access to the University of Kansas Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) will not change.

Cambridge Drive and Cambridge Parking Garage

  •  From 39th Ave. to the Cambridge Parking Garage, Cambridge Dr. will consist of two lanes of southbound traffic only.
  • From Olathe Blvd., northbound traffic will be able to enter the Cambridge Parking Garage and access the Heart Hospital and main hospital entrance.

Weekend closures

  • Beginning mid-February, approximately six weekend closures will be necessary to install the pedestrian walkway structure, which will connect the Center for Advanced Heart Care across Cambridge Dr. and 39th Ave. to the new Cambridge North Tower.
  • Weekend closures will require a complete shutdown from Fridays to Mondays on 39th St. to State Line Rd., including access to Cambridge Dr.
  • Street closures will occur at 12 p.m. on Fridays and reopen at 6 a.m. on Mondays.
  • Notifications of the weekend closure dates will be provided two weeks in advance. n Bridge installation is slated to last through July.

General safety precautions

  •  Safety is the top priority of the hospital and Medical Center leadership.
  • All driving and pedestrian detours will be clearly marked.
  • Pay close attention to signs, flagmen, and traffic during this time.
  • Slow down and allow for extra time to travel near the campus.

Updates and disruption notices can be found throughout the project at construction.html or by calling Rosedale Development Association at (913) 677-5097