How you’ll get around when half of the Buck O’Neil Bridge closes for repairs
Your commute will change if you take the aging Buck O'Neil (Broadway) Bridge over the Missouri River near downtown Kansas City.
On May 19, crews will start rehabilitation work on the bridge, which will mean that all southbound lanes of the Broadway Extension/U.S. 169 across the river will close.
The partial closure will last several months and will make getting into and out of downtown Kansas City a bit more challenging. The short-term rehab project is expected to be completed by December.
The good news for KC drivers: the bridge won't be completely shut down. Two northbound lanes will remain open during the project, including access to the Wheeler Downtown Airport. As the project progresses, northbound traffic will be shifted onto the rehabbed southbound lanes until the project is completed.
But if your trip takes you south over the bridge, you'll want to start look for alternate ways across the river.
Southbound traffic on the Broadway Extension/U.S. 169 and Interstate 29 will be directed to southbound Interstate 35 to the east. Those drivers will cross the Missouri River on the Bond Bridge.
Traffic on southbound U.S. 69 south of I-29 will be directed to southbound Missouri 9 through North Kansas City and across the Heart of America Bridge.
A single lane of the southbound Broadway Extension/U.S. 169 will remain open for those needing to access to the Downtown Airport. All southbound traffic, however, will need to exit at Richards Road.
The 62-year-old bridge carries about 40,000 vehicles a day over the river. The bridge is in poor condition and must be either extensively repaired or replaced, according to state transportation officials.