DETAILS CHANGED: Various short-term closures planned as part of Buck O'Neil Bridge replacement

JACKSON AND CLAY COUNTIES – Crews with the Buck O’Neil Bridge project have changed the schedule regarding the closure of various routes beginning on Friday, May 19, as part of bridge and utility work in the area. The release regarding this work sent earlier this morning (May 19) is no longer valid. Please refer to the new schedule listed below. There will be no signed detours. Motorists will need to plan ahead and seek alternate routes. All work is weather permitting.


Friday, May 19

  • NEW: Beginning at 6 a.m., crews will CLOSE the ramp from northbound US 169 to Harlem circle until approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.
  • Beginning at 6 a.m., crews will CLOSE westbound Harlem Road at Harlem Circle until approximately Saturday, May 20, at 5 p.m.
  • NEW: Beginning at 6 a.m., crews will CLOSE the ramp from Harlem Circle to northbound U.S. 169 for approximately one week.


Tuesday, May 23

  • Beginning at 6 a.m., crews will CLOSE the right lane of northbound I-35 from approximately 12th Street to eastbound I-70 for approximately three weeks for retaining wall work.

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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