MoDOT performs urgent repairs on I-35’s Bond Bridge

April 22, 2022 Off By [email protected]_84

KANSAS City, Mo. — The Missouri Section of Transportation closed two northland lanes of Interstate 35 above the Christopher Bond Bridge Thursday to total urgent repairs.

MoDOT servicing crews closed the lanes between Levee Street and Entrance Road to entire growth joint mend perform. The lanes reopened by 3 p.m.

Expansion joints on the bridge have brought on troubles 3 instances this year.

In February, MoDOT crews were forced to close a middle lane of NB I-35 to total emergency repairs. A working day afterwards, crews shut down the exact extend to total much more long lasting maintenance of the harmed enlargement joint.

Earlier this month, a destroyed growth joint compelled the closure of a southbound lane of the bridge.

On Thursday, KSHB 41 spoke with Jacob Wessling who drives on the bridge normally.

“Bare minimum, a few to four situations a week. So, just about every day,” Wessling explained.

MoDOT referred to as the repairs urgent.

“It does not definitely reflect well on Kansas City, I would say, and it slows down targeted visitors all through the city,” Wessling reported.

Jeffrey Hardy, assistant district engineer for the Kansas Town MoDOT District, tackled Thursday no matter whether a few repairs at this level in the calendar year for a bridge are regular.

“It is in all probability not normal, but it’s a little something that we’re going to go forward and watch,” Hardy reported.

Hardy stated the trouble facilities about the go over plate, which is a piece of metallic on leading of what he phone calls the finger joints. They make up the enlargement joint.

“They grow and contract inside of of just about every other to allow automobiles to cross the bridge securely, but also enable the bridge to develop and deal,” Hardy stated.

With no the address plate piece, Hardy clarifies your ordinary vehicle would be fine. It is a modest trailer or bicycle he problems about slipping into the joint.

Hardy stated tiredness from site visitors likely on top of the plates is what’s producing the issue.

“If you sit there and you bend a piece of metallic ample, it really is likely to crack, and regrettably, which is what’s happening out there,” Hardy mentioned.

The hope was the cover plates would very last up to 25 a long time.

MoDOT has now hired a consultant to look at a achievable very long-phrase remedy.

“It can be likely to be another plate joint above major, but this a single, instead of masking the total finger joint, it truly is heading to address fifty percent of it and it will be welded a little bit otherwise so we never have the fatigue cracking extra down the middle of the plate like we currently have,” Hardy said.

For Wessling, he is happy anything will be accomplished and hopes for a fix shortly.

“Just about anything to improve the present scenario, I consider, would be advantageous,” Wessling said.