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I-70 lanes back open, some ramps remain closed

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Posted at 8:17 AM, Sep 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-09 09:17:15-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All lanes of Interstate 70 have reopened after a seven-mile stretch was closed over the weekend.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes opened just before 10:30 Sunday night.

MoDOT said in a Facebook post Monday morning that crews were able to complete a year's worth of work thanks to the closure.

That included ramp demolition and necessary maintenance work.

Crews tore down the ramps from northbound Interstate 435 to westbound I-70 and from southbound I-435 to eastbound I-70.

Those closures will remain in place until spring 2020, when re-built ramps will open in a new configuration.

According to MoDOT, maintenance work included:

  • Milling out bumps on two ramps
  • Expansion joint replacements
  • Replacing 19 barrier walls
  • Replacing barrier reflectors between the I-435 interchange and U.S. 40
  • Pouring of 3 barrier walls
  • Ditch repair and replacement
  • Lighting repairs between Route 291 and Blue Ridge Cutoff
  • Hauling 150 tons of rock
  • Sweeping I-70
  • Running a boom mower along eastbound I-70 from Route 291 to Blue Ridge Cutoff
  • Brush cutting
  • Mowing

All the work is part of the new partial turbine interchange project, which eliminates left lane exits and replaces some bridges.

The project will not be entirely completed until the end of 2020.

For a look at detour routes and updates on the project, click here.

MoDOT thanked drivers for their patience.