Work Begins on $220 million Buck O’Neil Bridge project

January 2022

Parts of Interstate will be closed through this fall for work on the Buck O’Neil bridge replacement project, with northbound I-35 closed between 12th Street to eastbound Interstate 70.

This closure will last approximately 275 days, according to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation. The closure is due to construction of a new retaining wall along I-35 for a new bridge over 6th Street and for bridge rehabilitation work.

From the same release:

  • Crews will close northbound I-35 from 12th St. to eastbound I-70, tentatively beginning Monday, March 7, and continuing for approximately 275 days for the construction of a new retaining wall along I-35 and for a new bridge over 6th St.
  • Crews will also close northbound I-35 to westbound I-70 during the same period for bridge rehabilitation work
  • The posted detour will allow motorists travelling on I-35 to reconnect with northbound US 169 Highway.

City officials broke ground on the $220 million bridge replacement project in June 2021. The project is expected to be completed by December 2024.