The Watchdog

April 18, 2014

Lanes closed on I-70, but where are the workers?

It’s true that no hard hats were in the area, but the highway surface had its own job to do.
The problem

Mission resident Sue Thompson left home just after 1 p.m. last Saturday and drove to Blue Springs on Interstate 70.

At the Manchester Bridge area in east Kansas City, she found the highway down to one lane in both directions. Traffic backed up, and she wonders why.

“There were no workers or machinery in the whole restricted area,” she said. “I returned and found the same blockage with no workers.”

The answer

It’s true that no hard hats were in the area, but the highway surface had its own job to do.

The lane closures began at 8 p.m. Friday, and crews worked through the night to remove bad concrete and prepare for the pouring of a new surface at 7 a.m.

“By noon, all concrete had been poured and the contractor left the site,” said spokesman Steve Porter. “The lanes remained closed until the concrete achieved the desired strength.”

Traffic was flowing again Sunday morning.

The Watchdog says he’ll never forget the Friday night in 2010 when vehicles sank into 12 inches of freshly poured concrete on a Kansas-side ramp.

And the Dog is proud to say he has left his own footprints on sidewalks all over town.

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