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News and Notes:

  • Public Meeting: Discuss traffic control for rehab project. The public is invited.
  • When: 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
  • Where: Mid-American Regional Council, 600 Broadway Blvd., KCMO

What's the future of the I-70 loop and the Buck O'Neil Bridge in KCMO? Take the Beyond the Loop survey and share your thoughts!

The Buck O'Neil Bridge (Highway 169 over the Missouri River) will undergo a short-term rehabilitation project


What: The short-term repair project will include immediate repairs to the expansion joints, cable keep replacements and partial scour remediation. The current estimated cost of repairs is approximately $7 million. The project is a cost-sharing agreement (50:50 split) with the City of Kansas City, MO.

When: Work will begin in late spring or early summer of 2018 and finish before the end of the year. The estimated timetable for repairs is between five to six months.

Where: All northbound lanes will remain open during rehabilitation work to ensure easy access for emergency responders and others to the downtown airport. All southbound lanes will be closed. Motorists will need to utilize Interstate 29/35 which carries traffic on the Christopher Bond Bridge.

Why: The critical repairs focus on the areas of greatest concern to maintain safety and reliability on the expansion bridge. The repairs are necessary due to the considerable age of the structure (60+) and the structural problems and riverbed erosion issues.

An environmental study will be conducted during this time. The estimated cost of the study is $2 million and will be used to help determine the feasibility of a new bridge in the future.

To view the proposed closures and detours, click on the following links:

J4S3085B_Closure Details

J4S3085B_Detour Exhibit

About the Bridge

The Buck O'Neil Bridge is a triple arch bridge that spans the Missouri River in Downtown Kansas City. It was built in 1956 as the Broadway Bridge. It was built at a cost of $12 million. It was a toll bridge until 1991.

It provides access from downtown Kansas City to the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport and Riverside, Missouri. U.S. Route 169, which the bridge carries across the river, carries more than 40,000 cars a day.

Named for a Kansas City Legend

On June 24, 2016 the bridge was officially renamed from the Broadway Bridge to the Buck O'Neil Bridge named after the Kansas City Monarchs player and manager John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil.

A first baseman and manager with the Kansas City Monarchs, he later became the first African American coach in Major League Baseball. In his later years he helped renew widespread interest in the Negro leagues, and played a major role in establishing the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a regular attendee at many a Kansas City Royals games and was much loved by fans throughout the city.


Learn more about Buck O'Neil

Click here to see photos of the
naming ceremony

Age, Inspection and Future of the Bridge

The Buck O'Neil Bridge is more than 50 years old and is starting to show signs of wear. The bridge is inspected every two years and has successfully passed inspection again this year.

As it nears the end if its useful life, planners and engineers are questioning the best solution to rehabilitate or replace the structure.

inspection report
inspection report

Read the most recent
bridge inspection report

Review the recommended
rehabilitation options

Click here to read the Planning and Environment Linkages study by the
Mid-America Regional Council

News About the Bridge

Since the bridge is such an important corridoor from downtown to North Kansas City, many city and statewide groups are keeping track of the potential rehabilitation or replacement options.

Here are just a few of the stories about the bridge:


Check out some of the photos
of the historic bridge

Click here to see photos of how MoDOT inspects the Buck O'Neil Bridge

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