Crews set to detonate trusses of Fairfax Bridge this weekend

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Crews are set to detonate additional portions of the Fairfax Bridge Saturday.

The northbound and southbound lanes will be closed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday so crews can safely detonate the southern portions of the truss spans over the river.

Missouri Department of Transportation said both the Fairfax Bridge and the Platte Purchase Bridge were not designed to carry the high volume of traffic that currently uses the two bridges.

Missouri Department of Transportation and the Kansas Department of Transportation have agreed to split the $79 million cost of this project, which is expected to be complete December 2016.

While the Fairfax Bridge is under construction, The Platte Purchase Bridge will remain open and allow traffic to travel through the FairFax Industrial District until the new four-lane bridge is complete.

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The $79 million project will result in a four-lane bridge to carry traffic through the FairFax Industrial District.

A viewing area has been set up at E.H. Young Riverfront Park, 1001 Argosy Parkway in Riverside. Access to the levees will not be allowed.

Just last week, crews took down the north and south end trusses on the bridge.

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RIVERSIDE, Mo. -- A connection that's linked Kansas to Missouri for about 80 years came crashing down into the river this morning. The Fairfax Bridge is being demolished to make way for a new 4-lane crossing.

The old two lane bridge has been a constant source of maintenance concerns for both the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Kansas Department of Transportation. The two states are spending $79-million to replace it.

Crews from the American Bridge Company blasted the end spans of the bridge Friday morning. The sections will be cut up and hauled away on trucks where the material will be recycled. As a result there wasn't as big of a bang or as large a splash as many onlookers had hoped for, but a MoDOT engineer tells FOX 4 News not to worry. That may happen next week.
"It's really neat to see one of these old structures that has served us so well, see it retired and have a new one come back in its place," said Brian Kidwell, assistant district engineer for MoDOT.

The companion Platte Purchase Bridge will remain standing while the new 4-lane bridge is built over the next two years. It will handle all the traffic in and out of the Fairfax Industrial District until the new bridge opens in December 2016.

Many people remember that the original Fairfax Bridge was paid for through toll booths. That's not going to happen for the new one. Tax revenue from Missouri and Kansas are sharing the costs.

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