MoDOT Unplugs I-70 Bottleneck

6 years 11 months 4 weeks ago Monday, November 21 2011 Nov 21, 2011 Monday, November 21, 2011 11:55:47 AM CST November 21, 2011 in News

KANSAS CITY - The metropolitan area's biggest traffic bottleneck has been eliminated now that the third lane of I-70 in each direction has opened beneath the I-435 ramps.

MoDOT delivered the congestion relief ahead of schedule following nearly two years of construction on the $39.3 million project at Kansas City's busiest crossroads. The interchange handles more than 200,000 vehicles per day.

The completion is the latest in a series of timely accomplishments along the busy corridor, which will be prominently featured on national television next summer when the Major League All-Star Game comes to Kauffman Stadium next to I-70.

Earlier this year MoDOT completed the George Brett Bridge at Blue Ridge Cutoff over I-70 just in time for the Royals home opener. Throughout this spring and summer, workers reconfigured ramps connecting I-435 to I-70, Route 40 to I-70 and built a new ramp from southbound I-435 to Route 40. A new collector ramp system connecting I-435 to eastbound I-70 and to Blue Ridge Cutoff was completed and opened in time for the Monday Night Football Chiefs-Chargers game on October 31.

In addition, several other projects on I-70 between the Downtown Loop and I-470 also were completed this year, including:

• Rehabilitation of five westbound bridges between Van Brunt Boulevard and Prospect
• Rehabilitation of the east Route 40 and Sterling bridges
• Resurfacing I-70 from east of Blue Ridge Cutoff to I-470
• Deck repairs to the I-70 bridge over Manchester Trafficway
• Replacing the Broadway Overpass over I-670 in the southwest corner of the Loop

Two of the projects, including the third lanes of I-70 and the five westbound I-70 bridge rehabilitations, were partially funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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