Major bridge over Missouri River may reopen Sunday

| 1/30/2003

The 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.

The 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.”

After 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.

The bridge is scheduled for a $12 million overhaul in 2005, The Star reported.

The 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.

However, 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.