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U.S. 69 will be shut down Friday for demolition of the Fairfax Bridge

Demolition work scheduled to begin Friday is part of a plan to replace the Fairfax and Platte Purchase bridges with one bridge with multiple lanes and bike/pedestrian access.
Demolition work scheduled to begin Friday is part of a plan to replace the Fairfax and Platte Purchase bridges with one bridge with multiple lanes and bike/pedestrian access. The Kansas City Star

Crews from the American Bridge Co. will use explosives Friday to remove part of the Fairfax Bridge over the Missouri River. The bridge connects Platte and Wyandotte counties.

Two blasts, the first scheduled for 9 a.m. and the second about a half hour later, will remove the bridge’s end spans. The part that spans the Missouri River is scheduled to be taken down by blasts on Jan. 30.

Crews will close northbound and southbound U.S. 69 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The Fairfax Bridge had carried southbound U.S. 69 traffic, although all traffic has already been switched to the adjacent Platte Purchase Bridge.

People can view the blasts from E.H. Young Riverfront Park at 1001 Argosy Parkway in Riverside, although the view will be obstructed by the Platte Purchase Bridge.

The demolition work is part of a joint project involving the Missouri and Kansas transportation departments to replace the Fairfax and Platte Purchase bridges with one bridge with multiple lanes and bike/pedestrian access.

The new U.S. 69 bridge is expected to open to traffic in December 2016.

To reach Robert A. Cronkleton, call 816-234-4261 or send email to bcronkleton@kcstar.com.

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