KANSAS CITY - A major traffic artery connecting downtown Kansas City to the Northland reopened Wednesday morning, more than a month and a half ahead of schedule.
The Route 169 Broadway Extension opened to drivers at 5 a.m. Wednesday. The Missouri Department of Transportation said workers took advantage of a warm, dry summer, which significantly reduced the time needed for the massive construction project.
Route 169 had been closed since July 14 at midnight between Wheeler Airport downtown and Route 9.
"The contractors' efforts are extraordinary, particularly considering the scope of construction and tight working conditions," said MoDOT District Engineer Dan Niec.
Crews removed and replaced about a mile of bin wall holding up the east side of the northbound lanes, installed barrier walls, repaired and rehabilitated the southbound lanes, and improved drainage on a stretch of the highway that sits between a rail yard and the Missouri River.
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