291 Bridge set to reopen Thursday

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SUGAR CREEK, Mo. -- The 291 Bridge is set to reopen Thursday after being closed since May.

According to MoDOT's Markl Johnson the barricades will come down then it will have to be re-stripped before it opens possibly in time for rush hour traffic.

Drivers in the northland have seen the barricades that closed off the northbound lanes of the bridge which crosses over the Missouri River for nearly three months.

The bridge connects Liberty to Independence. It's closure affected more than 22,000 drivers.

During a routine inspection inspectors found the joints had accelerated deterioration. There was also damage to a beam on the bridge. MoDOT crews closed the bridge on May 6th for emergency repairs.

During the roadwork, drivers have been diverted to a single lane of traffic in each direction over the southbound bridge.

The 66-year-old bridge is just one of several that MoDOT has closed for emergency repairs.