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MoDOT expands I-70 closure planned for this weekend

Posted: 11:59 AM, Feb 17, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-21 21:43:27-05
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation has expanded its planned closure on Feb. 21-24 along Interstate 70.

Originally, MoDOT planned to close I-70 between Blue Ridge Cutoff west to Manchester Trafficway beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, through 5 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.

The closures, which are for the demolition of old bridges at the I-70 interchange with Interstate 435, will have a significant impact on traffic throughout the Kansas City area.

On Thursday, MoDOT announced an expanded I-70 closure “after further consideration of traffic impacts,” according to an updated release.

Crews will begin to close westbound I-70 lanes between Interstate 470/Missouri 291 and I-435 along with eastbound lanes at I-435 around 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.

All westbound ramps along the 8.6-mile stretch of I-70 will be closed from approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, until 5 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.

That includes the following closures along westbound I-70:

  • All I-470/Missouri 291 ramp
  • Lee’s Summit Road ramp
  • Noland Road ramp
  • U.S. 40 ramp
  • Blue Ridge Cutoff ramp
  • Manchester Trafficway exit ramp

It also includes the following eastbound I-70 ramp closures:

  • Manchester Trafficway entrance ramp
  • Southbound I-470/Missouri 291 ramp to eastbound I-70

MoDOT also plans to close the northbound I-435 ramp to eastbound I-70 from 5 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Drivers traveling east on I-70 should detour I-435 south to I470 east and back up to I-70.

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Drivers traveling west on I-70 should exit on I-470 south then head west on the interstate and get on US 71 north into downtown.

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