KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is asking drivers to plan ahead for their commute Tuesday as crews begin to make repairs along I-435.  

On Tuesday crews will make urgent bridge expansion joint replacements along the interstate. Starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, westbound I-435 will be reduced to two lanes between Three Trails Crossing and 103rd Street. 

The work is expected to be complete by noon on Thursday, Dec. 22. The closure is expected to cause significant delays and will require additional ramp closures. 

“It’s a very busy area,” MoDOT Assistant District Engineer Jeffrey Hardy said. “There will be a lot of impact. If you can work from home — a lot of people have that ability to work from home now — it might be a good time to work at home.”

Crews will close one lane of traffic from southbound I-435 to westbound I-435. One lane of traffic will remain open. 

Two lanes on the ramp from westbound I-470 to westbound I-435 will be closed. One lane will remain open.

The ramp from southbound U.S. 71 to westbound I-435 will be closed. 

The ramp from Bannister Road to westbound I-435 was closed Tuesday, but will reopen starting Wednesday.

But new starting Wednesday, MoDOT crews will close the ramp from northbound I-49 to westbound I-470/I-435 and the ramp from Red Bridge Road to I-470/I-435. 

The work is expected to significantly impact traffic along westbound I-470, northbound I-49, southbound I-435, and southbound U.S. 71.

“There are going to be times that you’re going to go through and it doesn’t look like anybody’s working. But unfortunately we have to pour concrete with this repair, and the concrete takes time to cure before we can actually go out and put the expansion joint on it,” Hardy said.