Concrete for the emergency repairs along Interstate 29/35 in downtown Kansas City is curing and transportation officials hoped to have all lanes reopened for the evening rush hour.
Crews were expected to place asphalt over the concrete about 1 p.m. and then paint stripes for the lanes. If all goes well, the all lanes should be reopened by 4 p.m., a Missouri Department of Transportation spokesman said.
The repairs slowed the morning rush hour’s traffic to a crawl on the city’s east and south side of the downtown loop. Crews have reduced northbound I-29/35 to one lane between the highway’s split with Interstate 70 and ramp from The Paseo.
At 7:30 a.m., traffic cameras westbound I-70 traffic headed into downtown Kansas City began to slow at 31st Street, with traffic becoming bumper-to-bumper at Van Brunt Boulevard.
Traffic was slow moving from the Jackson curve into downtown.
Meanwhile, northbound U.S. 71 traffic was bumper-to-bumper at 19th Street. The slowdown was felt as far back as the exit to The Paseo.
Traffic along eastbound Interstate 670 on the south side of the downtown loop was crawling along. Traffic was backed up beyond the Kansas and Missouri state line.
After the morning’s rush hour, traffic still moved slowly through the east side of the downtown loop, but the backup was not as severe.
Repairs are being made to a damaged box culvert owned by Kansas City that is thought to have failed because of the recently heavy rains.
The Missouri Department of Transportation advised drivers to allow extra time because the location of the work was expected to cause significant delays.