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Route 350 to Close AGAIN August 5-8 Near Raytown for Bridge Construction

Route 350 will close this weekend for bridge construction between 63rd Street and Gregory Boulevard (71st Street) beginning late Friday, August 5, and re-open by early Monday, August 8, weather permitting.

The weekend closure, starting at 10 p.m. Friday, August 5, will allow workers to place bridge beams at the new 67th Street bridge over Route 350. The highway will re-open by 5 a.m. Monday, August 8 or sooner, but lanes may be narrowed at times to accommodate bridge work.

The 67th Street bridge, built in 1925, will be replaced. Work also continues on the Blue Ridge Cutoff bridge, built in 1936, which will be redecked and rehabilitated. Both bridges are expected to re-open in September. Traffic will detour to Gregory Boulevard, I-435 and 63rd Street during the weekend closure of Route 350.

Motorists traveling either Blue Ridge Cutoff or 67th Street must use other local routes for several weeks until the structures re-open. Both bridges are among 10 in Jackson County that are being repaired or replaced this year as part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program.

Some of these bridges have been or will be closed to through traffic for up to 60 days sometime this year to allow the contractor to complete work quickly. These bridges are among more than 800 statewide that are being repaired, redecked or replaced through MoDOT’s Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program. Most of Missouri’s worst bridges will be fixed through this accelerated program, including more than 145 in the nine-county Kansas City District. This year alone, MoDOT will fix more than 70 bridges and complete all scheduled Safe & Sound bridges by the end of 2012.

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