MoDOT announces future bridge work at I-70/US 65 junction

Friday, January 12, 2018

The interstate bridges that span over U.S. Highway 65 will see some extensive work later this year, according to a press release issued by the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Kansas City District Friday, Jan. 12.

The district announced its 2018 construction projects, which will be open for bid Jan. 19, saying more than 60 projects are scheduled to open or be under construction this year.

The Interstate 70 bridges at the Marshall junction are in need of repair because “bridge decks and paint are becoming substandard.” MoDOT says it will increase the life span of the bridges. The district is estimating construction to begin in late spring or early summer, with all work being complete by Nov. 1.

Construction will have an affect on traffic. According to information on MoDOT’s website, there will be single lane I-70 closures during reconstruction of shoulders and the building of crossovers to handle construction traffic. However, two lanes will remain open in each direction during the bridge repair. Likewise, the department said the I-70 “exit” loops will stay open, but the “on” loop ramps will be closed and traffic will be detoured to Routes YY and J.

Projects in the Kansas City District range from high-impact bridge and interchange repair to nearly 500 miles of resurfacing, the press release said, and more than $200 million is being invested in the infrastructure in the region.

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