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Steve Porter

January 05, 2011 12:00 AM
Timing of Bridge Removal Tied to Chiefs, Jets Successes

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The outcome of at least two NFL playoff games will determine whether Blue Ridge Cutoff Bridge over I-70 closes Monday, Jan. 10, or is delayed a couple of weeks.

Here's why:  MoDOT won't begin removal and replacement of the Blue Ridge Cutoff Bridge - the George Brett Bridge - over I-70 until it is determined that the Kansas City Chiefs won't play another home game this season.  The Chiefs play at home Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. But it will take a win Saturday by the New York Jets versus the Indianapolis Colts and a Jets win the following weekend, a Chiefs win Sunday and a Chiefs victory on the road next weekend (Jan. 15), to create a last home game - the AFC Championship game versus the Jets - at Arrowhead on Jan. 23.

So if the Jets lose Saturday, the Blue Ridge Cutoff Bridge closes Monday, regardless of whether the Chiefs win on Sunday and next week. If the Jets win Saturday, then win again the following weekend, and the Chiefs win both Sunday and again the next weekend, the bridge stays open until Jan. 24.

Once the Blue Ridge Cutoff closes at I-70, the bridge will be removed the following weekend, beginning with lanes closed on I-70 from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.  Which weekend? We may not know the answer this weekend, but should know by the end of next weekend. 

One thing for certain: As soon as the bridge comes down, MoDOT's contractors have until March 30 - the day before the Royals home opener - to get the bridge up and open again.

For more information about other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT's Website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to kccommunityrelations@modot.mo.gov.

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