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Three-Year Paseo Bridge Project Will Create Traffic Problems

Construction that will create this replacement for the Paseo Bridge will create traffic challenges throughout the 3-year project.

By Steve Bell

KANSAS CITY, MO – Crews will start preliminary work on the Paseo Bridge replacement project a week from Monday. The I-29/35 corridor will be widened to three lanes from near Armour to the downtown loop, and all major interchanges and on-ramps will be rebuilt.

Spokesperson Joy Wasendorf told reporters yesterday that though there will be two lanes open during rush hours all through the project, those lanes will only handle about half the present traffic.

"There could be two ten-foot lanes instead of 12-foot lanes, we may have barriers out there, so while there are two lanes, traffic conditions will be a little bit different the rest of the years of this project," Wasendorf said.

It will be three years before all the construction is completed. Wasendorf says motorists can keep posted on ramp closings and work areas at www.kcicon.com.

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