Paseo Bridge, which carries three highways over the Missouri River
in Kansas City, MO, will be open by Sunday, according to MoDOT officials
quoted by The Kansas City Star.
bridge closed Jan. 22 after a metal plate that helped hold the deck
to the adjoining slab failed, raising one side of the bridge 9 inches
above the adjoining pavement at the expansion joint. At that time,
MoDOT said the bridge would be closed “until repairs can be completed.”
the first damaged plate was discovered, others were found by bridge
inspectors and workers, local media outlets reported. Crews are
now working to repair damage on all four corners of the 50-year-old
structure and are taking the opportunity to do more basic maintenance
such as fixing cracks in the pavement and restriping lanes.
bridge is scheduled for a $12 million overhaul in 2005, The Star reported.
suspension-style Paseo Bridge carries I-35, I-29 and U.S. 71 north
from downtown to the north half of Kansas City and its northern
suburbs. It carries nearly 100,000 vehicles each day and is one
of four bridges in the central city.
none of the other nearby bridges – the Broadway Bridge, the Heart
of America Bridge and the Chouteau Bridge – carry interstate highways.
The nearest interstate crossing is the I-435 bridge, which carries
the metro area’s outer loop highway across the river five miles
to the east.