Buck O'Neil Bridge

Buck O’Neil Bridge project prompts road closures

A new phase in the Buck O’Neil Bridge replacement project will cause “extensive closures,” according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. (Photo by KC Star.)

MoDOT traffic alert regarding Buck O’Neil Bridge replacement

The Missouri Department of Transportation will soon enter a new phase of the Buck O’Neil/US 169 Missouri River Bridge replacement project. Phase One-B will cause extensive closures beginning this week. All work is weather dependent.

  • Crews will reduce Beardsley Rd. to one lane between 5th and 4th streets from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 for crane work (crane assembly). A flagger will be in place to direct traffic
  • Crews will close the on-ramp from northbound Richards Road to northbound 169 Highway, beginning at 6 a.m., Monday, Sept. 27 and continuing until Wednesday, Nov. 17 for grading, new drainage installation, and ramp resurfacing work
  • Crews will close the ramp from southbound 169 Highway to Richards Rd. beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 and continuing until Wednesday, Nov. 17 for grading, new drainage installation and ramp resurfacing work
  • Crews will close the ramp from northbound I-35 to eastbound I-70 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28 for pipe inspection work
  • Crews will close the ramp from northbound I-35 to 6th from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29 and again Thursday, Sept. 30 for pipe inspection

MoDOT reports this is all part of constructing a new Buck O’Neil Bridge that can be reasonably maintained, while providing a safe, connected and accessible transportation facility that improves system performance.

The new Missouri River Bridge will cost close to $220 million to construct and expected to be completed by 2024.

The current Buck O’Neil Memorial Bridge is a triple arch bridge carrying U.S. Route 169 over the Missouri River, and serves as a key regional connection between Downtown Kansas City and communities north of the river. While safe, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected service life.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

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