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
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.