MoDOT attempting to ease Labor Day travel by opening routes and halting construction

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A dreaded part of any holiday trip are those pesky orange barrels in construction zones. But there’s good news for motorists traveling in Missouri during Labor Day weekend. There will be fewer construction zones and MoDOT says that things are getting better. We also checked in with KDOT and there are several traffic projects still underway that will impact travel for the near future.

Since spring, several projects have congested major roadways. Even though much work remains to be done, some projects have wrapped up early, and that means a little less orange in drivers' lives. MoDOT is opening several ramps and interchanges just in time for busy Labor Day travel.

"It's always a goal for us to have as many new things opened and up and running before the major holidays, and several of these jobs were completed early with the idea that we'd get them open for this holiday weekend,” Perry Allen, MoDOT construction materials engineer, said.

The westbound I-470 bridge over routes 50 and 350 is has re-opened. So have the ramps at westbound I-470 and Route 350. In the downtown loop, northbound I-35 ramps at 12th Street and the 12th Street Bridge have reopened. The 12th Street Bridge and interchange is part of the department’s plan to fix 18 bridges in the downtown loop in 40 weeks.

Work is now completed including repairs to Charlotte Street bridges at eastbound and westbound I-70 as well as access ramps to I-70. Other projects that still require work have been temporarily halted to ease Labor Day travel flow.

"As we roll through September considering Mother Nature is good to us and we have good weather, you'll start to see a lot of these jobs wrap up to 100 percent, and we will be free and clear going into the winter,” Allen said.

For a full list of the reopened roadways, click on this link.

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