CLAY COUNTY — Missouri Department of Transportation is set to begin a two-year bridge rehabilitation project on the Interstate 435 bridge over the Missouri River, which straddles Jackson and Clay Counties, this month.
Crews will be replacing the bridge deck, reinforcing structural steel and repairing the substructure along with scour repair work in the Missouri River.
The bridge was built in 1972 and is showing signs of wear, states a MoDOT release.
“The bridge sees about 81,500 vehicles each day, most of which are tractor trailers due to the industrial area near the I-435 and Missouri Highway 210 interchange,” states the release.
Movement of equipment and concrete barriers will begin Monday, Aug. 5. Work on the bridge is set to start Monday, Aug. 26. While work is weather dependent, it is expected to continue through December of 2021. Traffic will be reduced to two lanes in both directions for the duration of the project.
“The I-435 bridge rehab project will come on the heels of the completion of the I-435 and Route 210 diverging diamond project, which is just north of the bridge. The two projects are being done in tandem to complete as much work as possible in this area as quickly as possible without staging multiple projects over a longer period. Once these bridges are finished, only routine maintenance should be needed for the next 25 to 30 years,” states the release.
For more information about MoDOT projects, visit www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity.