Hospital construction to block weekend traffic on 39th

weekend-closure-detour-map.pdfThe University of Kansas Hospital says traffic on 39th Street between Rainbow and State Line will be blocked for six weekends beginning April 1.

That’s to allow for construction of a two-story walkway connecting the Center for Advanced Heart Care to the Cambridge North Patient Tower, now under construction.

Weathering permitting, the closures will continue for six weekends beginning Fridays at Noon to 6:00 a.m. Monday, closing 39th at Cambridge.

“The closure isn’t for the convenience of construction,” said Jon Jackson, senior vice president and chief administrative officer of The University of Kansas Hospital.  “The closure is for the safety of the public that otherwise would be driving through while cranes lift large heavy steel beams over the road.”

A website has been set up to give neighbors and area businesses the latest information and specific dates.


Emergency services at The University of Kansas Hospital can still be accessed during the closure on 39th  from Rainbow Boulevard to the Emergency ramp.  However, all other traffic will have to take marked detours north of 39th on Olathe Boulevard.  Traffic coming on 39th  to State Line Road will be also be rerouted on State Line Road, to Olathe Boulevard then on Rainbow Boulevard.

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