CLAY/JACKSON COUNTIES – The Missouri Department of Transportation will make the following traffic changes as part of the Buck O’Neil/US 169 Missouri River Bridge replacement project. All work is weather dependent.

Monday, September 27

Crews will close the on ramp from northbound Richards Rd. to northbound US 169 Highway, beginning at 6am, Monday, September 27 and continuing until Wednesday, November 17 for grading, new drainage installation and ramp resurfacing work


Tuesday, September 28

Crews will close the ramp from northbound I-35 to eastbound I-70 from 9am until 3:30pm, beginning Tuesday, September 28 and continuing through Thursday, September 30 for pipe inspection work

Crews will close the ramp from southbound US 169 Highway to Richards Rd. beginning at 6am, Tuesday, September 28 and continuing until Wednesday, November 17 for grading, new drainage installation and ramp resurfacing work

Crews will now shift the right lane of southbound US 169 Highway, 1.5 miles south of Route 9 to the newly built left lane. The left lane was originally closed on Wednesday, September 8 in order to build the new roadway


Wednesday, September 29

Crews will close the right lane of southbound US 169 Highway before 5th from 9am until 4pm, Wednesday, September 29 and again Thursday, September 30 for building demolition (MTC Building)


Thursday, September 30

Crews will reduce Lou Holland Dr. (south side of downtown airport) to one lane with two-way traffic beginning at 9am, Thursday, September 30 until Thursday, October 7 for building road over levee


This is all part of constructing a new Buck O’Neil Bridge that can be reasonably maintained, while providing a safe, connected and accessible transportation facility that improves system performance.   


The new Missouri River Bridge will cost close to $220 million dollars to construct and expected to be completed by 2024.


The current Buck O’Neil Memorial Bridge is a triple arch bridge carrying U.S. Route 169 over the Missouri River, and serves as a key regional connection between downtown Kansas City and communities north of the river. While safe, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected service life.




Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.


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