All drivers traveling across the state on I-70 this summer should be aware the Missouri Department of Transportation is issuing a travel alert. Bridge rehabilitation has reduced I-70 to one lane both eastbound and westbound from the Blackwater Bridges in Saline County to the Cooper County line near mile marker 77, just west of the U.S. Route 65 interchange.
Motorists should expect heavy congestion through the area during peak travel times, especially Friday and Sunday afternoons. Allow extra time for travel, alter your departure time to miss peak afternoon traffic or find an alternate route such as U.S. Route 50 or 36. Delays of up to an hour are possible. As an alternative, the Missouri River Runner is offering special fares to the Missouri State Fair. Check out www.amtrak.com for deals.
More than 26,000 vehicles travel this corridor daily, of which 40 percent includes truck traffic. This is a full 24/7 lane closure with reduced lanes to 12-foot for each direction of I-70. The westbound bridge will be complete early September and the eastbound bridge will be complete mid-October. This will be followed by pavement work to the Cooper County line. All work is weather dependent.
For project updates, follow MoDOT Kansas City on Facebook and review the project website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity/major_projects/I-70_Blackwater_Bridges.htm. Also reference the Traveler Information Map for congestion updates and camera views of traffic. MoDOT is using a new type of merge — the zipper merge — to ease congestion.
Release courtesy of Missouri Department of Transportation