Caution Zone: Roe Avenue bridges are coming down

05/25/2014 4:17 PM

06/03/2014 10:17 AM

Memorial Day means summer is here, and so is the road construction — and destruction — season.

If your routine involves driving Roe Avenue over Interstate 435 in Overland Park, get used to inconvenience at least until pumpkin time.

The old bridges over the highway are coming down so the Kansas Department of Transportation can build new ones. That should take until late October.

Lane closures start Wednesday morning, and the bridges close at 9 a.m. Friday. That night, crews will begin removing steel girders. On Saturday they’ll start restricting lanes on I-435, and by 10 p.m. the highway will be shut down between Nall Avenue and Roe.

Then they’ll dump a bed of dirt on the highway so they can drop the bridges without damaging the pavement. The detonation should come around midnight. (You know they’re going to keep gawkers at a distance, but you also know it’s going to show up on YouTube.)

It’s going to take the rest of the night to haul that debris and dirt away so the highway can open back up by 10 a.m. Sunday.

Speaking of bridges, the Fairfax bridge over the Missouri River (that’s the southbound one, next to the northbound Platte Purchase Bridge) was supposed to be shut down the week of May 12 for maintenance. You may have noticed that did not happen. The work was postponed until 9 a.m. June 2. It is supposed to reopen by 5 p.m. June 6 at the latest.

That maintenance work must be important. Both bridges are scheduled to be replaced next year.

In southeast Jackson County, Missouri 150 will shrink to one lane in both directions between Missouri 291 and Missouri 7 beginning Tuesday so the Missouri Department of Transportation can install shoulders. That’s expected to be a 20-day headache, if the weather is good. But it will be nice to have shoulders.

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