JACKSON AND CLAY COUNTIES – Crews with the Buck O’Neil Bridge replacement plan to re-open northbound Interstate 35 from the 12th Street exit ramp to I-70 by early morning on Wednesday, Dec. 14. This stretch of interstate has been closed since March 2021 for bridge replacements and retaining wall work. This work was all part of the Buck O’Neil Bridge design/build project. Additionally, crews will open the westbound I-670 lane closure, and the northbound I-35 ramp to eastbound I-70. This work will require the following closures as prep work ahead of the opening of I-35, beginning on Tuesday night, Dec. 13:
- Beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, crews will extend the existing northbound I-35 left lane closure to a double left lane closure along northbound I-35 at West Pennway in order to remove overhead sign covers and the temporary striping.
- Beginning at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, crews will remove the double left lane closure and shift it to a double right lane closure along northbound I-35 at West Pennway to remove overhead sign covers and traffic control.
- Once the above work is completed, crews will re-open northbound I-35 between 12th Street and I-70. This is anticipated to occur in the very early morning hours of Wednesday, Dec. 14.
IMPORTANT: Motorists should note that beginning approximately February 2023, crews will CLOSE southbound U.S. 169 from approximately the Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport to 5th Street in downtown Kansas City. This closure will be in place until approximately Fall 2024. More details about this closure will be announced soon.
All work is weather permitting.
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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