MoDOT announces June dates for I-70 closures in Kansas City metro
May 29, 2018
•Land Line Staff
Several bridge rehabilitation projects will lead to a series of lane closures and detours along Interstate 70 in the Kansas City metro area in June, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.
MoDOT is warning drivers that beginning 10 p.m. on Friday, June 8, all lanes of I-70 will be closed between I-435 at mile marker 7 and I-470 at mile marker 15 until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 11.
During the closure, three bridges above I-70 will be demolished and all the debris removed. MoDOT says it prefers to have one three-bridge demolition weekend rather than three individual two-day closures.
Eastbound travelers must leave I-70 at or before I-435. Westbound motorists must leave at or before I-470. MoDOT says I-470 will be down to two lanes in each direction due to bridge rehabilitation work along that route as well.
U.S. 24 and U.S. 36 are two-lane cross-state alternatives north of I-70. U.S. 60 is an alternate well to the south. I-44 and I-49, used in tandem, also can get motorists from one end of the state to the other.
In a separate announcement, MoDOT says drivers who normally plan to spend their rest periods at or near Oak Grove, should consider alternatives for next weekend.
Another partial bridge demolition on I-70 – this one at Oak Grove, will close the interstate from 10 p.m. on Friday, June 1 until 6 a.m. on Monday, June 4.
Interstate traffic will continue travel using the ramps at this location. Expect slower speeds and slight delays. MoDOT’s release warns that there will be no direct access available to Routes F and H. For truckers, it means drivers needing to access either the Sandy Long TA or the Petro on either side of the interstate must use alternate routes.
As traffic moves up and over the ramps, cross traffic will be blocked. Drivers needing to access the truck plazas in the area must use alternate routes.
To reach the Petro south of I-70, use Exit 28 at Bates City. Turn south at the end of the exit ramp, travel a short distance, then head west onto Old U.S. 40 and follow this outer road for approximately 4 miles to access the Petro Oak Grove I-70 location. When leaving the Petro, drivers must return to I-70 via the same route.
No state outer road is available to access the TA north of I-70.
A limited number of truck parking spaces (15 on each side) are available at the Odessa truck parking area at mile marker 35.