Interstate 29 to close through St. Joseph next week

Cook Road Bridge rehabilitation project

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – The north and southbound lanes of Interstate 29 through St. Joseph will close beginning at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16 and reopen by 4 a.m. on Friday, July 19. Clarkson Construction Company, along with the Missouri Department of Transportation, will close the interstate to demolish the existing deck, install new beams and paint the girders of the Cook Road Bridge.

During the 72-hour closure, traffic will be directed on the same signed detour onto I-229 that was used early this month. Southbound I-29 traffic must exit at I-29/I-229/U.S. Route 71 (EXIT 56B) and northbound I-29 traffic must exit at the I-229/I-29 (EXIT 43).  Click to view the detour map.

Local traffic will not be able to access I-29 at the following locations: 

  •   Northbound I-29 from: 
    • Route 6 (Frederick Blvd.) – Exit 47
    • U.S. Route 36 – northbound Exits 46A & 46B
  • Southbound I-29 from: 
    • Business Route 71/US. Route 59 – Exit 53
    • U.S. Route 169 (Rochester Rd) – Exit 50
      The contractor must close the roadway for the safety of crews. motorists. This is the second of several closures of I-29 that will occur during the project.

The Cook Road Bridge rehabilitation project will widen the bridge and replace it’s driving surface. The City of St. Joseph has also allocated funds to add a pedestrian sidewalk to the south side of the bridge which will include decorative fencing and concrete sides.  The project is anticipated to be complete by October 2024.

In addition, overnight lane closures on I-29 below the bridge may occur between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. at various dates during the project. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place.

To learn more about the project, visit:

All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

MoDOT asks drivers to work with us by always buckling up, keeping your phone down, slowing down and moving over in work zones. Know before you go and check what work zones you might encounter at

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