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The Buck O’Neil Memorial Bridge is a triple arch bridge carrying U.S. Highway 169 over the Missouri River. While safe, the bridge is nearing the end of its projected service life. Close to 50,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.

CLAY COUNTY — The Missouri Department of Transportation will soon enter a new phase of the Buck O’Neil/US 169 Missouri River Bridge replacement project. Phase One-B will cause extensive closures, according to a press release from MoDOT. 

• Crews will close the on ramp from northbound Richards Road to northbound 169 Highway, beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27 and continuing until Wednesday, Nov. 17 for grading, new drainage installation and ramp resurfacing work.

• Crews will close the ramp from southbound 169 Highway to Richards Road beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 and continuing until Wednesday, Nov. 17 for grading, new drainage installation and ramp resurfacing work.

• Crews will close the ramp from northbound Interstate 35 to eastbound Interstate 70 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 for pipe inspection work.

• Crews will close the ramp from northbound I-35 to 6th Street from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29 and again Thursday, Sept. 30 for pipe inspection.

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, according to MoDOT. 

The new Missouri River Bridge will cost close to $220 million 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.