Transportation officials are warning that the closing of a stretch of Interstate 70 in the Kansas City metro area in early June will have a major impact on traffic.
The Missouri Department of Transportation announced Thursday that I-70 will close in both directions between Interstates 470 and 435 beginning at 10 p.m. June 8.
The closure will allow crews to remove the Crysler Avenue, Pittman Road and Phelps Road bridges over the interstate in Kansas City and Independence.
The highway will remain closed throughout the weekend and reopen by about 5 a.m. on June 11. The closure is dependent upon the weather.
Officials are urging people to plan ahead and leave early if traveling in that area. Drivers will have to follow a signed detour to the south that uses I-470 and I-435 or find an alternate route.
In addition to I-70 being completely shut down, the following ramps will be closed.
▪ Manchester Trafficway to eastbound I-70.
▪ Northbound and southbound I-435 ramps to eastbound I-70.
▪ Blue Ridge Cutoff ramp to eastbound I-70.
▪ U.S. 40 ramp to eastbound I-70.
▪ Blue Ridge Boulevard Ramp to eastbound I-70.
▪ Noland Road ramp to eastbound I-70.
▪ Northbound and southbound I-470/Missouri 291 ramps to westbound I-70.
▪ Lee’s Summit Road ramp to westbound I-70.
▪ Noland Road ramp to westbound I-70.
▪ U.S. 40 ramp to westbound I-70.
▪ Eastbound I-70 will be reduced to one lane from Manchester Trafficway to Blue Ridge Cutoff. Any traffic that does not follow the detour onto southbound I-435 will be moved off at Blue Ridge Cutoff.
▪ Westbound I-70 will be reduced to one lane before the Missouri 291 and the I-470 interchange. All traffic will be routed onto southbound Missouri 291/I-470.
▪ Southbound Missouri 291 just north of I-70 will be reduced to one lane to accommodate merging traffic from westbound I-70.
The bridges are being replaced because of their current conditions. The construction project is expected to be completed by December.