I-435 on Kansas City’s east side to be reduced to one lane overnight for bridge project

Road crews will reduce Interstate 435 to one lane in both directions at night this week as part of a bridge replacement project on Kansas City’s east side, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Transportation said in a news release..

Both northbound and southbound I-435 will be reduced to one lane at 87th Street beginning at 7 p.m. Monday for pavement reconstruction and marking. They will reopen by 5 a.m. Tuesday, said Lairyn McGregor, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Kansas City District.

The southbound lanes will close again at 8 p.m. Tuesday for placement of barriers and will reopen about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the northbound lanes will again close for barrier placement and pavement marking until 5 a.m. Thursday.

The work is part of the project to replace the I-435 bridges over 87th Street this summer. Last week, the left lanes of eastbound and westbound 87th Street at I-435 closed. Beginning Friday, all lanes will close until September.

During the first phase of the project, both northbound and southbound traffic will use the southbound bridge. The northbound bridge will be removed and replaced, McGregor said.

Traffic will be switched onto the new bridge at the start of the second phase. The southbound bridge will then be removed and replaced.

During the construction, I-435 will be reduced to two lanes in each directions. Drivers should anticipate narrower lanes and shoulders in the area as well as median crossovers to switch traffic onto the bridges.

The estimated $6 million project is expected to be completed this fall, McGregor said.

The bridges, which were built in 1967, are being replaced because they are nearing the end of their service lives.