The Paseo Bridge, which carries Interstates 29 and 35 and
U.S. 71 across the Missouri River in Kansas City, MO, will be closed for
construction for up to seven months starting May 2.
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced that
the bridge is being completely closed to allow the contractor to finish the
work as quickly as possible. It is scheduled to reopen Nov. 10.
Planned improvements include a new driving surface, new
barrier rails, light poles, weatherproof wrapping on the suspension cables and
a fresh coat of blue paint.
MoDOT plans to divert the bridge’s daily traffic of 95,000
vehicles to other area river crossings. Trucks headed into downtown Kansas City
from north of the Missouri River will be able to use the Broadway Bridge or the
Heart of America Bridge. Truckers traveling through the area are encouraged to
take Interstate 435, a loop that bypasses the downtown area. Truckers can plan
alternative routes with the help of the project’s Web site,