Emergency repairs have forced northbound Interstate 35 narrowed to one lane headed into Kansas City’s downtown loop.
An expansion joint on the Southwest Trafficway Bridge just north of West Pennway broke loose after 9 a.m. Thursday.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because a similar problem occurred during a morning rush hour in mid-April.
An expansion joint popped out of the concrete, creating major headaches for drivers.
At that time, it was an expansion joint just before Broadway Boulevard at the north end of the Southwest Trafficway Bridge. Highway crews had to narrow I-35 down to one lane at that time too so that repairs could be made.
Like back then, the lane closure created a traffic jam for drivers headed into downtown Kansas City on Thursday.
“It’s not something we planned for, but it’s something we will deal with,” said Steve Porter, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Transportation.
The problem compounds delays drivers were already facing because I-35 in that area is undergoing repairs as part of a project to rehabilitate more than a dozen bridges in and around the downtown loop.
Two lanes were already closed in that area because of the rehabilitation work.
MoDOT engineers expect the repairs to take several hours. They hope to reopen two full lanes of northbound I-35 after 3:30 p.m. Thursday.