KANSAS CITY – Northland travelers should expect a treat on Halloween. Route 169 will open on Wednesday, well ahead of schedule.
The general contractor, Pyramid Contractors Inc., and their subcontractor, Comanche Construction Co., revised their anticipated target date for opening at 5 a.m. Wednesday, October 31.
The contractors continued to take advantage of warm, dry weather to shave even more days off the months-long closure of Route 169. The workers not only beat the original contract completion date of December 16 by a month and a half, they kept pushing to get the project done and open before November.
“The contractors’ efforts are extraordinary, particularly considering the scope of construction and tight working conditions,” said MoDOT District Engineer Dan Niec.
The removal and replacement of about a mile of bin wall holding up the east side of the northbound lanes, the repair and rehabilitation of the southbound lanes, and drainage improvements were performed in an unusually restricted area that has an active rail yard on the east and the Missouri River on the west.
Workers are finishing constructing barrier walls and striping the highway.
On Wednesday, at 2 p.m., a reception is scheduled at the downtown airport to thank the contractor and workers for their speedy work. It’s at Hangar 1, Ten N.W. Richards Road.
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