Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WYANDOTTE COUNTY TRAFFIC ALERT: Crews Will Blast Part of the Fairfax Bridge to Make Way for New Bridge

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Crews will detonate part of the Fairfax Bridge to help make way for a brand new $79 million replacement bridge.

The American Bridge Company plans to blast the end spans of the bridge at 9 a.m. Friday, January 16. The larger section of the bridge will be detonated at a later date.

Crews will close northbound and southbound U.S. 69 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, January 16 to accommodate the blast. MoDOT has designated a public viewing area at E.H. Young Riverfront Park, 1001 Argosy Parkway in Riverside, Mo.

The current U.S. 69 Highway Bridge over the Missouri River is a dual bridge structure consisting of the Platte Purchase Bridge and the Fairfax Bridge. Those bridges connect Platte County, Mo. and Wyandotte County, Ks.

The new structure will be a singular bridge with multiple lanes and bike/pedestrian access. The new U.S. 69 Highway Bridge will be open to traffic in December 2016. This is a project shared by the Kansas Department of Transportation and MoDOT.

All work is weather dependent. For more information about other MoDOT projects, please visit MoDOT’s website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter or send questions and comments to kccustomerrelations@modot.mo.gov.