Commuters delayed during Thursday morning’s rush hour on southbound Interstate 35 in Liberty can blame overnight problems at an asphalt plant.
A contractor working on a pavement resurfacing project along I-35 in that area couldn’t finish overnight work by 5 a.m. as scheduled because it had to wait for asphalt.
“They had done the milling, but when it came time to fill it, they had to wait for the plant to get up and running,” said Markl Johnson, a spokesman for the Kansas City District of the Missouri Department of Transportation.
“It’s one of those jobs where they have to finish it. It’s not one of those deals where they could do the milling and then come back later to complete the job.”
The overnight work was completed by 8:30 a.m., but by then traffic had backed up.
The work is part of an overnight pavement resurfacing project along I-35 in Clay County that is expected to run through the end of the month. The work is scheduled to take place between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m..