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News and Notes:

Update 7/23/18: The work in the northbound left lane of the Buck O'Neil Bridge, which will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. everyday has been extended through Saturday, July 28. However, there's a possibility that the closure will last at least another 2-3 weeks.

Update 7/09/18: Crew will close the northbound left lane of the Buck O’Neil Bridge from 5:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. daily beginning Wednesday, July 11 and continuing through Saturday, July 14 for bridge rehab work. Originally, crews were to work from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Also note: Daytime work may continue beyond July 14, but has not been determined yet.

Update 6/29/18: Crews have extended the work schedule for the Buck O’Neil Bridge rehab project. Crews will close the northbound left lane of the Buck O’Neil Bridge from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Monday, July 2 and again Thursday through Saturday July, 5-7 for median modification work. Originally, work was scheduled to conclude Friday, June 29.

Update 5/18/18: Crews will be closing southbound traffic on the Buck O'Neil Bridge at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19. Southbound traffic will remain closed through December 1.

Update 4/25/18: MoDOT and the City of Kansas City will host a press conference on upcoming bridge work on May 1 at 3:00 p.m. at the Mid-America Regional Council at 600 Broadway Blvd #200, Kansas City, MO 64105.


Rehab Project Information:

Rehabilitation work on the Buck O'Neil Bridge begins May 19! The southbound lanes of Route 169 across the Buck O’Neil/Broadway Bridge will be CLOSED to all traffic through Dec. 1. Suggested detours include:

  • Southbound traffic on Route 169 and I-29 will be directed to Southbound I-35 and across the Christopher S. Bond Bridge. 
  • Traffic entering onto Southbound Route 169 south of I-29 will be directed to Southbound Route 9 and across The Heart of America Bridge. 
  • A single lane of Route 169 will remain open south of Route 9 to allow access to the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.  All traffic using this lane will be forced off of Southbound Route 169 at the Richards Road exit. 

The northbound lanes of Route 169 will remain open across the bridge through the entire length of the project. Click here to sign up for updates on MoDOT projects.

To view the proposed closures and detours, click on the following links:

The short-term repair project will include immediate repairs to the expansion joints, cable keep replacements and partial scour remediation. The current estimated cost of repairs is approximately $7 million. The project is a cost-sharing agreement (50:50 split) with the City of Kansas City, MO.An environmental study will also be conducted during this time. The estimated cost of the study is $2 million and will be used to help determine the feasibility of a new bridge in the future.

About the Bridge

The Buck O'Neil Bridge is a triple arch bridge that spans the Missouri River in Downtown Kansas City. It was built in 1956 as the Broadway Bridge. It was built at a cost of $12 million. It was a toll bridge until 1991.

It provides access from downtown Kansas City to the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport and Riverside, Missouri. U.S. Route 169, which the bridge carries across the river, carries more than 40,000 cars a day.

Named for a Kansas City Legend

On June 24, 2016 the bridge was officially renamed from the Broadway Bridge to the Buck O'Neil Bridge named after the Kansas City Monarchs player and manager John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil.

A first baseman and manager with the Kansas City Monarchs, he later became the first African American coach in Major League Baseball. In his later years he helped renew widespread interest in the Negro leagues, and played a major role in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a regular attendee at many a Kansas City Royals games and was much loved by fans throughout the city.


Learn more about Buck O'Neil

Click here to see photos of the
naming ceremony

Age, Inspection and Future of the Bridge

The Buck O'Neil Bridge is more than 50 years old and is starting to show signs of wear. The bridge is inspected every two years and has successfully passed inspection again this year.

As it nears the end if its useful life, planners and engineers are questioning the best solution to rehabilitate or replace the structure.

inspection report
inspection report

Read the most recent
bridge inspection report

Review the recommended
rehabilitation options

Click here to read the Planning and Environment Linkages study by the
Mid-America Regional Council

News About the Bridge

Since the bridge is such an important corridoor from downtown to North Kansas City, many city and statewide groups are keeping track of the potential rehabilitation or replacement options.

Here are just a few of the stories about the bridge:


Check out some of the photos
of the historic bridge

Click here to see photos of how MoDOT inspects the Buck O'Neil Bridge

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