May 21, 2015

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Missouri Governor Highlights Plight of Funding on Closed KC Bridge

Standing below the recently closed Route 291 bridge, Governor Jay Nixon called upon elected officials to solve the transportation funding crisis this month.

Crews had closed the northbound Route 291 bridge over the Missouri River at Sugar Creek today for emergency repairs. Inspectors found significant deterioration during a routine inspection. The timeline for repairs is unknown. Motorists traveling northbound were quickly moved onto the southbound Route 291 bridge making traffic run head-to-head. The 66-year old northbound bridge carries almost 11,000 vehicles a day, but the closure will impact more than 22,000 motorists who travel both bridges daily.

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MoDOT helps Delaware DOT Learn the Ropes About Diverging Diamonds

MoDOT’s Kansas City District Office continues to lead the way when it comes to innovation in transportation. That’s was evident after a group of engineers from the Delaware DOT asked MoDOT if they could visit and delawareget their insight on diverging diamond interchanges.

The Delaware DOT is looking to build its first DDI and turned to MoDOT primarily because the Missouri agency leads the nation with the most DDIs built.

Three members of the Delaware DOT and a representative from the Federal Highway Department visited the District Office on May 18.

During the morning and midday hours, the group toured the I-435 and Front St. DDI, the 210 Highway DDI, which is currently under construction and the DDI on I-435 and Roe in Overland Park. Designers from MoDOT as well as HNTB were on hand which gave the Delaware group andelaware opportunity to ask questions regarding construction, pavement markings, traffic signals and other best practices.

The Delaware group also took part in a question and answer session that focused on setting up public meetings and how MoDOT unveiled its plans to build one of the many DDIs.

MoDOT Senior Highway Designer, Joshua Scott encouraged the group to provide video presentations that would offer an overhead view of a diverging diamond. Scott said the video would give the public a better idea of how the driving pattern worked and help ease any fears motorists might have.

Delaware P.E. Darren O’Neill said that it was important that his group visit the Kansas City District office because of the success MoDOT has with designing and building DDIs. “The visit with MoDOT has been good, we’re getting a good feel of the projects thanks to the team”, O’Neil said.


For more info

Melissa Black
Communications Manager,
Missouri Department of Transportation
P: (816) 607-2027
F: (816) 365-0860

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