Crews will temporarily close U.S. 69 bridge to remove concrete center pier of Fairfax bridge

Crews will continue the removal of the Fairfax Bridge with a controlled blast of the center bridge pier Friday, March 20, at approximately 1 p.m., according to highway officials.

In coordination of the controlled blast, the northbound and southbound U.S. Highway 69 Bridge will be closed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Transportation. The blast will happen below the water line of the Missouri River. No public viewing will be available.

This is all part of replacing the current U.S. 69 Highway Bridge over the Missouri River, the KDOT spokesman said. A new structure will be constructed in its place and will include multiple lanes and bike/pedestrian access. It will be open to traffic in December 2016.

This project is shared by the Kansas Department of Transportation and MoDOT. Follow MoDOT on twitter at, #us69moriverbridge for more information.

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