(St.Joseph,MO) If you typically take I-229 to get around, your daily commute might be a little more complicated starting next week. On Monday, August 20, MODOT will shut down a portion of I-229 leading up to the double decker bridge.
Traffic will be cut off from entering I-229 starting at the ramps from 36 Highway, up to Highland street. As an additional safety precaution the road leading into the Riverfront Park and the pedestrian bridge on the southside of the Riverwalk will also be closed.
The closure will span over four days as road crews are out inspecting the bridge and making necessary maintenance repairs. The Federal Highway Administration requires MODOT to inspect bridges every 24 months and provide detailed reports on the quality of each structure.
Tonya Lohman, MODOT District Maintenance and Traffic Engineer, said by taking extra time to make repairs after the inspection, it will prevent crews from shutting down the bridge later on.
“The inspection is the number one priority, but because we have to close it down to do all those elemental inspections and actually look at each and every piece on all those bridge ramps and both sets of bridges;It’s important for us to try to get all the maintenance work done at the same time so they don’t have to do two closures,”Lohman said.
If there are no major complications, MODOT expects to reopen the ramps and double decker bridge late Thursday afternoon.