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improving I35

Improving I-35 at Kearney

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Project Status: Job is completed as Promised!


What is the progress with the project?

Ideker Construction has completed work on the Southbound lanes of the project.  Starting Sunday, July 25, they will begin moving southbound traffic to the southbound lanes.  Then, Monday, July 26, after morning rush hour, northbound traffic will mover over so that all traffic is on the southbound lanes.  This traffic configuration will stay in place until the project is completed this fall.

Why is MoDOT doing this project?

MoDOT needs to complete extensive pavement rehabilitation to rebuild the eight miles of I-35 from the Clinton County line south past Kearney to Fishing River. This portion of interstate is becoming rougher, and the concrete under the asphalt is in need of repair. 

How will this project benefit me? 

Over the next year MoDOT will repair and resurface 8 miles of I-35 to create a smoother, safer stretch of road. In addition 10 bridges in this section of I-35 need to have the bridge deck replaced and other repairs. The bridges repaired include north and south bound bridges at:

  • Fishing Creek
  • Route 92
  • Route 33
  • Clear Creek
  • Holt Creek

MoDOT knows that improving I-35 will significantly inconvenience the 34,000 motorists who drive this stretch of road every day.  During construction, MoDOT will work on one direction at a time.  Lower speed limits and reduced lanes will increase congestion and the time it takes to travel through that corridor. This means the traffic will be closed in that direction. Traffic will be head-to-head on the other two lanes of I-35.  MoDOT will build temporary ramps to allow crossover between the northbound and southbound lanes.   

What is the project schedule? 

Work on I-35 begins in March 2010. The contractor will build the crossover ramps for motorists then close the southbound section of the project.

  • On April 5, traffic will switch to head-to-head traffic on the northbound lanes.
  • On July 26, traffic will switch to head-to-head on the southbound lanes as work continues along the northbound lanes.

All work is scheduled to be complete by the end of November.

How is this project funded?  

The cost of this project is approximately $21.7 million and is part of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Project.

How do I learn more? 

For more information, review the project maps and materials listed in the left column. You can also submit a comment, send an e-mail or give us a call. Lend your voice to the transportation process!

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