Fairfax bridge in Kansas City area reopens to truck traffic

| 2/10/2006

A major artery in the Kansas City metro area has reopened ahead of schedule after the Missouri Department of Transportation closed it to truck traffic for repairs.

The Fairfax Bridge, which carries the southbound lanes of Route 69 from Missouri into Kansas City, KS, was opened to the public Thursday morning, Feb. 9. The project finished two weeks ahead of schedule, The Kansas City Star reported.

The bridge was restricted to vehicles weighing 10 tons or less, after routine inspections by the Missouri Department of Transportation revealed that splice plates on lower sections of a truss had developed cracks.

Southbound truck traffic headed for the Fairfax District in Kansas City, KS, was diverted to the nearby Interstate 635 Bridge and then east on Kansas Route 5. Electronic message boards were placed to divert southbound truck traffic away from the bridge, which carries about 7,500 vehicles per day.