JEFFERSON CITY - Flooding along the Missouri River has caused the Missouri Department of Transportation to urge travelers headed east or west across the heartland to cross the river in Kansas City.
"We want to route people around flooding and congestion as much as possible, especially over the July 4th holiday," said Beth Wright, MoDOT's state maintenance engineer. "So the best advice we can give Midwestern travelers headed east or west is to cross the river in Kansas City and check our Traveler Information Map for the most accurate flooding and work zone information."
There are only two Missouri River bridges that are not closed because of flooding north of Kansas City. Route 36 at St. Joseph and Route 92 that crosses into Leavenworth, Kansas, are both open but both of these roads could cause delays to the drivers because of construction. Route 36 has construction on the Kansas side of the river and possible flooding and Route 92 has a work zone on the bridge and is congested.
Here is a list of bridges without construction and delays motorists can use to cross the Missouri River in the Kansas City area:
· Route 13 in Lexington - Ray / Lafayette counties
· Rte 291 in Sugar Creek / Liberty - Clay / Jackson counties
· I-435 in Kansas City - Clay / Jackson County
· Chouteau Bridge (not on a current state route ... Rte. 269) in Kansas City - Clay / Jackson counties
· I-29/I-35/US 71 / Icon Bridge in Kansas City - Clay / Jackson counties
· Heart of America / Rte 9 in Kansas City - Clay / Jackson counties
· Broadway / Rte 169 in Kansas City - Clay / Jackson counties
· Fairfax / Rte 69 in Riverside / KCK - Platte / Wyandotte, KS counties
· I-635 in Riverside / KCK - Platte / Wyandotte, KS counties
· I-435 in Parkville / KCK - Platte / Wyandotte, KS counties
MoDOT's flooding web page, http://www.modot.org/flooding/, provides information on the latest road closures with a link to the Traveler Information Map and detour information. Information on predictions of flood levels at points along the Missouri River can be found at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website at www.crh.noaa.gov/mbrfc/ and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's website at www.nwk.usace.army.mil/index.cfm.