Project update 9/3/15: Both the westbound and eastbound lanes of the new bridge are open. Crews are now working to build the new exit ramps as part of the project. Crews are also dismantling the old Manchester Bridge. This is still an active work zone, so be careful when entering and watch out for workers.
Project update 6/15/15: Over the June 13th weekend, crews switched traffic in westbound lanes of I-70 onto the new Manchester Bridge. Both the westbound and eastbound lanes are on the new bridge structure. Crews will dismantle the old bridge and add additional lanes to complete the project, which is scheduled to finish by December 2015.
Why is MoDOT doing this project?
The current I-70 bridges were built in the late 1950s, among the earliest pieces of interstate construction in western Missouri. The bridges now require frequent maintenance and extensive repairs, causing motorist further delays.
What is the construction schedule?
All construction is expected to be complete by December 2015.
What types of delays can I expect during construction?
This project was set up to minimize inconvenience to the motorists. There will be very few lane closures throughout the project. There will be weekend closures as traffic is shifted onto the new bridges. There will also be short-term ramp closures varying from 15 to 60 days per ramp.
How will I access the area if ramps are closed?
The Contractor will ensure that ramps at US 40 /31st Street and Manchester Trafficway are not closed at the same time. Detours will be provided to assist motorists in using an alternate route.
Will US 40 be closed at any time?
US 40 Bridge over Blue River was closed in mid-August 2014, due to findings on a bridge inspection. Traffic has been rerouted to a signed detour. A new bridge is expected to be reopened in March 2015.
What will happen to the historic US 40 truss bridge?
The historic bridge is a thru-tied arch and was built in 1933. Currently we are working with the City of Grandview to relocate and reassemble the truss bridge in one of their city parks to be used as a pedestrian bridge.
How is this project funded?
This $63 million project is funded through MoDOT's Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) with a combination of both federal and state transportation revenue sources. Learn more about how MoDOT is funded here.