, which carries southbound Route 69 from
has been restricted to vehicles weighing 10 tons or less. During routine
inspections the Missouri DOT found splice plates on lower sections of a truss
had developed cracks.
Southbound truck traffic headed for the
industrial district in
, is being diverted to the
nearby Interstate 635 Bridge and then east on Kansas Route 5. Electronic
message boards were being placed Thursday afternoon to divert southbound truck
traffic away from the bridge, which carries about 7,500 vehicles per day.
“In addition to diverting heavy-truck traffic away from the
structure, our Motor Carrier Services unit will reroute any overweight and
overdimension traffic around the bridge,” said Chris Redline, Assistant
District Engineer in
, in a written statement.
“Although we are taking this precautionary step, the bridge
remains open and safe for regular passenger vehicle traffic. We will continue
to monitor the structure for any change in condition while we develop and
implement a repair strategy.”
Redline said MoDOT will develop a comprehensive repair plan
for the 72-year-old bridge.
“The repairs pose a challenge because they involve the lower
chord of a large truss that’s a significant distance from the ground,” Redline
said. “Before the splice plates can be removed and replaced, we’ll need to
develop a way to transfer and carry the load while the plates are off.”