Motorist alert: Missouri transportation officials plan to shut down a major highway to Kansas City’s Northland later this year.
The Broadway Extension, which handles about 35,000 vehicles a day, will shut down from just north of Wheeler Downtown Airport to Missouri 9, probably from mid-July until just before Christmas.
“This is kind of a big upcoming impact to the travel in and out of downtown Kansas City on 169,” said Brian Kidwell, assistant Kansas City district engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation, who briefed City Council members last week.
MoDOT plans to let a contract in April to replace deteriorating sections of the corrugated metal retaining wall that supports 169’s northbound lanes.
The wall was built in the 1960s, is badly rusted and must be replaced, but Kidwell said it’s impossible to do the work without the road closure.
“This is such a tough place to work,” he said.
The work also involves fixing bridges that support the southbound lanes, repairing guardrails and fixing drainage between the northbound and southbound lanes.
The road will not be closed until after Kansas City hosts Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game in early July. Kidwell said it’s difficult to estimate how long the work will take, but the department hopes it can be finished in about five months. The contract will include incentives to get the job done as quickly as possible.
Motorists will continue to have access to Wheeler Downtown Airport from downtown, via the Broadway Bridge, but access to the airport from the north will be eliminated while the work is under way.
The other access routes from downtown to the Northland will be the Heart of America Bridge (Missouri 9) and the Bond Bridge.