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.
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.