7-mile stretch of I-70 shuts down Friday

MoDOT Bridge Work
Photo credit MoDOT Kansas City District

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Interstate 70 will be shut down at I-435 on the east side of the 435 loop beginning Friday night, lasting until Monday at 5:00 a.m.

James Pflum, a resident engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation, told KMBZ it all starts Friday afternoon.

"We will be closing I-70 at I-435 in both directions in order for us to demolish and remove the old I-435 over I-70 bridges," Pflum explained. 

Pflum said it is part of a larger project working to revamp those bridges and ramps.

"The bridges that were out there were built when the interstate was originally constructed in that area," Pflum said. "So they're 50-60 years old at this point. So, we just had deteriorated bridges that needed replacement."

Pflum says this is the second and final scheduled major shut down for this project. 

He added that all lanes will be closed for the most part between I-435 and I-470, all weekend long. Pflum said if you have to get around this area, he advices detouring up through the Grandview Triangle, and around, to avoid all the headaches.