Steve Porter, MoDOT Customer Relations Specialist, 816-607-2152
KANSAS CITY - Damage to the tanker's valves is adding to the challenge of off-loading hazardous, flammable material from an overturned semi-tanker that has blocked both eastbound and westbound I-70 at I-435 in Kansas City since 5 a.m. this morning.MoDOT believes that reopening the interstate may not occur until well after 8 p.m. tonight, based on revised estimates of the dangerous nature of the cleanup. Workers and emergency personnel are exercising extreme caution, investigating the safest way to remove potentially explosive liquid from the damaged tanker. Safety of the public and of responders to this incident are the highest priority until the dangers posed by the cleanup are neutralized.Cleanup from a tanker tractor-trailer crash on I-70 at I-435 has delayed opening the interstate following the early morning incident that closed all eastbound and westbound lanes at the metropolitan area's busiest crossroads.MoDOT has staged equipment and replacement materials on site, ready for highway restoration as soon as material cleanup and tractor-trailer removal allow. Fans coming to tonight's Kansas City Royals game at Kauffman Stadium from eastbound and westbound I-70 should find alternative routes. Route 40 will be heavily congested this afternoon and well into this evening by all I-70 traffic diverted from the interstate. I-435 may offer the best access to Truman Sports Complex and Kauffman Stadium. Those heading to the game should leave much earlier than planned.