JACKSON COUNTY– The Missouri Department of Transportation has rescheduled its plans to replace the Blue Ridge Blvd. bridge over Route 78 (23rd Street) in Independence, MO. This replacement will require the TOTAL CLOSURE of the Blue Ridge Blvd. bridge over Route 78 beginning Friday, April 17, until approximately Nov. 2020. This work was originally scheduled to begin on Friday, April 10. All work is weather permitting.
- Crews will CLOSE the Blue Ridge Blvd. over Route 78 beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 17 for demolition work. The demolition will be completed by 5 a.m. on Monday, April 20, but Blue Ridge Blvd. over Route 78 will remain closed until approximately Nov. 2020.
- DETOUR: Northbound traffic needing to access Blue Ridge Blvd over Route 78 will be detoured to East 31st Street, over to S. Sterling Ave., to MO Route 12, continue to Stark Ave., turn right and head north, and then turn right back onto Blue Ridge Blvd.
- DETOUR: Southbound traffic needing to access Blue Ridge Blvd. over Route 78 will be detoured to eastbound Truman Road (Route 12) and continue to Sterling Ave. Then they may turn southbound to E. 31St Street, then head west to reconnect with Blue Ridge Blvd.
- Route 78 will be CLOSED during the demolition of the Blue Ridge Blvd. bridge beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, April 17, until approximately 5 a.m. on Monday, April 20.
- Eastbound Route 78 will be closed to through traffic at I-435, commuters MUST find alternate routes.
- Westbound Route 78 will be closed to through traffic at Sterling Ave., commuters MUST find alternate routes.
- Route 78 will maintain at least one lane of traffic throughout construction with the exception of the demolition weekend and in brief intervals for hauling equipment.
This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. For more information about this project, visit our website.
For potential impacts to traffic, please review KC Scout cameras at http://www.kcscout.net or consult our real-time traffic partner, WAZE. Please be patient and considerate to your fellow motorists. Use the zipper merge and take turns at merge points. Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE ZONES. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive.
Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.
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