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More ramp closures await Northland drivers as bridge projects near completion

Updated: 2013-07-16T16:48:58Z

By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON

The Kansas City Star


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By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON | THE KANSAS CITY STAR

We have some good news and bad news this week for Northland commuters.

The good: The ramp from southbound Interstate 35 to southbound Interstate 435 is expected to open by noon Wednesday, about two days ahead of schedule.

Now for the bad: The ramp from northbound I-35 to southbound I-435 will close at noon Wednesday and remain closed until 5 a.m. July 27.

During the closure, drivers will continue to use Exit 12A but will remain in the right lane to U.S. 69. They will then head through a traffic signal to reach southbound I-435.

Drivers should allow extra time and expect delays when headed that direction, the Missouri Department of Transportation warned.

The closures are part of a rehabilitation project that is repairing bridges in the Claycomo area.

The $4.2 million project is expected to be completed by November and will improve the life of each bridge at the I-35/I-435/U.S. 69 interchange.

Meanwhile, another Northland bridge project will affect drivers near Camden Point in northern Platte County.

The ramps to and from Route E/U and Interstate 29 in Camden Point will close at 7 a.m. Sunday and remain closed through Aug. 4.

The closures will allow the ramps to tie into the new bridge being built over I-29.

Drivers will be detoured to Exit 30 on I-29 near Dearborn. Motorists headed to the east of I-29 will use Route Z and EE, while those headed to the west of I-29 will use Route H and Missouri 371.

The $1.2 million project is replacing a bridge that is the more than 50 years old.

The bridge is expected to remain closed until Aug. 16.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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