which just brought one damaged bridge back online, has closed
another bridge and restricted traffic on a third.
Kansas City Star reported Feb. 5 that the state had
closed the Missouri Highway 92 overpass over state Highway
45 north of Kansas City, and had cut two lanes of traffic
on the eastbound side of the Blanchette Bridge across the
state in the St. Louis area.
found cracks in both bridges.
in several metal plates had earlier closed the suspension-style
Paseo Bridge, which carries nearly 100,000 vehicles a day
on I-35, I-29 and U.S. 71 over the Missouri River north of
downtown. That bridge has since reopened.
in the Paseo Bridge raised one side of the structure 9 inches
above the adjoining pavement at the expansion joint. After
the first damaged plate was discovered, others were found
by bridge inspectors and workers, local media outlets reported.
Local television reports attributed the damage to the 50-year-old
structure to a combination of cold weather and the corrosive
effects of pigeon droppings.
the new bridge closings are expected to last a couple of
weeks, The Star reported.