Traffic Alert: Look for flagging operation as part of the Buck O'Neil Bridge protect

CLAY/JACKSON COUNTIES – The Missouri Department of Transportation will make the following traffic change as part of the Buck O’Neil/US 169 Missouri River Bridge replacement project. All work is weather dependent.

Crews will set up a flagging operation on Richards Rd., just north of the roundabout, near NW Harlem Rd. from 9:00am until 4:00pm, daily, beginning Tuesday, March 1 and continuing until Friday, April 1 for utility work

  *Note: A flagging operation is utilized to help direct traffic in a work zone.


This is all part of constructing a new Buck O’Neil Bridge that can be reasonably maintained, while providing a safe, connected, and accessible transportation facility that improves system performance.   


The new Missouri River Bridge will cost close to $220 million dollars to construct and expected to be completed by 2024.


The current Buck O’Neil Memorial Bridge is a triple arch bridge carrying U.S. Route 169 over the Missouri River, and serves as a key regional connection between downtown Kansas City and communities north of the river. While safe, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected service life.




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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