Major Missouri River crossing to close for nearly six months

| Wednesday, May 11, 2005

If your route takes you through the Kansas City metro area, be warned – a bridge that carries three federal highways over the Missouri River will close May 17, and won’t reopen until Nov. 10, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced.

The closing of the Paseo Bridge – which carries Interstates 29 and 35 as well as U.S. 71 across the river in Kansas City, MO – has been planned for several months. Traffic will halt on the bridge in the early morning hours Tuesday, May 17, long before that morning’s rush hour begins.

In addition to a new paved surface, the suspension bridge’s superstructure will get a fresh coat of blue paint, and the structure will also feature new barrier rails, light poles, hand ropes, bearings and weatherproofing wrap around its cables.

Truckers passing through the area are encouraged to take Interstate 435, a highway that circles the entire metropolitan area. Electronic message boards near the downtown area will alert drivers when highways are backing up and offer alternative routes. Information on alternative routes for truckers picking up and delivering in the area can be found at www.kcrivercrossings.org.

The Paseo Bridge carries roughly 95,000 vehicles each day between the north and south halves of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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