Construction along Interstate 29 could slow down traffic

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Construction along Interstate 29 could cause some major slowdowns for those who travel to and from the Northland.

Construction began at 7 a.m. Tuesday and closed the right lane of northbound Interstate 29 from 64th Street to Barry Road.

During the construction, crews will be tearing up the surface and repaving three bridges.

The plan is to rehabilitate 12 total bridges and overpasses between 635 and 435 over the next six months.

While funding for these kind of repairs is tight right now, MODot is making it a priority to fix them now. Otherwise, they risk having to shut the roads down for the sake of driver safety.

"With the bridges, if they get to a certain point where they start corroding or the concrete starts coming apart, it’s real important to get on top of them and get the repair as soon as possible so they don’t become in worse condition,"  Zach Walker, MODOT Resident Engineer said. "What happens if they become in worse condition?  They’ll be shut down if they’re not safe."

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