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The bridge rehabilitations at Little Blue River, Cedar Creek, View High Drive, and James A. Reed Road have been completed!

Currently, crews are rehabiliting the I-470 bridges at Blue Ridge Blvd. and the Kansas City Southern Railroad. This work began on Tuesday, May 29, and last until approximately late August. All work is weather permitting.

  • Crews have reduced Interstate 470 to TWO LANES in each direction between the Three Trails Crossing (Grandview Triangle) and James A. Reed Road until approximately late August for bridge rehabilitation work.

The next phase of this extenstive project takes place in Independence, MO at the I-470/Route 291 and I-70 interchanges. Crews will rehabilitate the north and southbound lanes of the Little Blue River bridges, the U.S. 40 bridges, and the I-470 bridges over I-70 beginning in mid-August.

  • Crews will be making repairs at the I-470/Route 291 interchange, the Highway 40, and the Little Blue River bridges.
  • I-470 will be reduced to ONE LANE in both north and southbound directions 39th Street to the Little Blue River just south of US 40.
  • Expect MAJOR traffic backups with delays that could reach up to 75 minutes or more, given no incidents occur within the work zone.
  • Avoid the area if possible – find an alternate route at kcscout.net.
  • If you must travel this route, plan ahead and leave early.
  • Expect various loop ramp closures to and from I-70.
  • Use the zipper merge and take turns at the merge points.


What is this project?

MoDOT is repairing 15 bridges along I-470 from Blue Ridge Boulevard to the I-70 interchange in 2017 and 2018.

Why is MoDOT doing this project?

The age and condition of these bridges require extensive rehabilitation so they can continue to serve customers for decades to come. More than 60,000 drivers cross through this stretch of I-470 every day so keeping the interstate smooth and safe is paramount.

Some of these bridges were constructed in the 1960s and have passed their useful life. Rehabilitation will allow them to serve the public safely for another 15 to 20 years.

The complete list of bridges scheduled for work include (bolded bridges have been completed):

  • Kansas City Southern Railroad Bridge over I-470
  • Blue Ridge Boulevard Bridge
  • James A. Reed Bridge
  • Little Blue River Bridge
  • View High Drive Bridge
  • Cedar Creek Rail Road Bride
  • Little Blue River Bridge on both northound and southbound lanes
  • U.S. 40 Bridge on both northbound and southbound lanes
  • I-470 Bridge over I-70, both northbound and southbound lanes


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How will this impact traffic during construction?

I-470 will remain open during construction but lanes WILL BE impacted and drivers will encounter delays during peak travel times.

In many cases these bridges will require closing two lanes to work on one side then switching traffic to complete the other. Some bridges will be completely closed.

Ramp closures will be required at the I-470 and View High Dr. interchange, and at the I-470 and I-70 interchange.

What is the timeline for this project?

This project was awarded to Phillips Hardy, Inc. and will begin construction in summer 2017. It will take two complete construction seasons to complete all bridges.

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