Update 3/24: Due to inclement weather ramp work at Highway 50 and Chipman Road is now scheduled to begin Monday, March 28, 2022. 

Here's some ramp closure information provided by MoDOT for Highway 50 and Chipman Road:

The off-ramp from Westbound Highway 50 to Chipman Road will be closed from approximately 6:00 AM CDT on Monday, March 28 through 6:00 PM CDT on Friday, April 1.

The on-ramp from Chipman Road to Westbound Highway 50 will be closed from approximately 6:00 AM CDT Wednesday, March 30 through 6:00 PM CDT on Tuesday, April, 5. (This ramp may or may not be open over the weekend, but if it is open during the weekend it will close again Monday morning.)

The on-ramp from Chipman Road to Eastbound Highway 50 will be closed from approximately 6:00 AM CDT Wednesday, April 6 through 6:00 PM CDT Tuesday, April 12. (This ramp may or may not be open over the weekend, but if it is open during the weekend it will close again Monday morning.)

The off-ramp from Eastbound Highway 50 to Chipman Road will be closed from approximately 6:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, April 13 through Monday, April, 18 at 6:00 PM. That said, that doesn't mean this off-ramp is re-opening.

On or around Monday, April, 18 all entrances and exits at Chipman Road will close to prepare them to serve as the way motorists will get from one side of Chipman Road to the other while the bridge over Chipman Road is replaced. The actual bridge replacement date hasn't been announced. During this time when the Chipman Road entrances and exits will be used for Route 50's traffic, right turns onto Chipman Road will be permitted. Left turns will not.

Read below and check out the MoDOT website for more information on the bridge project.

Update: Construction is scheduled to begin on this project Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Sunday night my wife Kathy and I headed into Lee's Summit. We had an order to pick up at the Target off Chipman Road. And then decided to enjoy a meal at 54th Street Bar and Grill. It was an easy ride on Highway 50 to get there, pick up our Target order, and an easy ride home after our dinner date. This summer, it might not be such an easy ride.

The Missouri Department of Transportation out of Kansas City is beginning a major bridge project at Chipman Road. If you're a little fuzzy on what's located at that exit. It's where the Texas Roadhouse is, the Olive Garden is, there's a Kohl's, a Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Old Navy, and more.  It's the exit we get off at when we're shopping in Lee's Summit.

The bridges over Chipman Road on Highway 50 will be replaced, and traffic on Highway 50 will be forced to exit Highway 50, cross Chipman Road, and re-enter Highway 50 while the bridges are being replaced. MoDOT Kansas City says, "Motorists along Chipman Rd. will experience significant impacts during Phase 2 of construction as Chipman Rd. will be CLOSED between Blue Parkway and Murray Rd. for approximately five months."

According to MoDOT the bridge replacement project is scheduled to start in the middle of this month and will be completed in three phases. Phase one will include the closure of the entrance and exit ramps so they can be improved to withstand the traffic using them during the bridge reconstruction.

Phase two will include the closure of Chipman Road between Blue Parkway and Murray Road for approximately five months. This closure will allow the bridges to be reconstructed in the shortest amount of time possible.

And phase three will include road resurfacing and ADA improvements on Chipman road.

You can learn more about the project on the Missouri Department of Transportation website.

It will be a challenge for those heading into the Kansas City area on Highway 50, and even those who want to access Interstate 470 because that requires crossing Chipman Road. For those of us shopping in Lee's Summit, it will be inconvenient as well. Although, there are other exits around Lee's Summit like Route 291 and 3rd Street that motorists can use.

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