Friday, February 02, 2018
TKC READER REFRAIN: WELCOME TO KANSAS CITY TRAFFIC HELL!!!
Yesterday, a truck fire kept a major local traffic artery closed for more than 20 hours and today our blog community offers insight and a resource on the topic of more road trouble on the way.
Here's the word . . .
AWESOME TKC READER: SURPRISE!!! TRAFFIC HELL IN KANSAS CITY!!!
The biggest traffic horror show in recent history around here began last night. If we're lucky, it will clear up in a few weeks as drivers learn to deal with it. If we're not lucky, it could be hell for the next couple of years or so.
Basically, if you are in downtown KCMO and want to travel west to KCK or Kansas in general, expect lots of problems, especially during peak driver confusion ... meaning now and the next few weeks.
Traveling EAST from Kansas into Missouri shouldn't be a problem. Theoretically.
They're gonna tear down and replace the 1.5-mile WESTBOUND Lewis & Clark Viaduct, which carries the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 over the West Bottoms. As of last night (Thursday night), it is closed to traffic. To go WEST into Kansas from downtown KCMO, your only options now are Interstate 670 or Interstate 35. The 22,000 westbound vehicles that formerly used the viaduct every day, including lots of big-ass trucks, will be joining you on these detours.
This prehistoric viaduct was built in 1907. On Wikipedia there is a photo of of horses pulling wagons over it, no sh*t.
For nicely done maps and diagrams of detours and the new traffic flow, see the MoDOT site.
Better download a copy of that and print it for future reference.