Thursday, June 24, 2010

Floods Wash Away Part of Blue River Road

By Andrea Wood

Floods last week have ripped a portion of Blue River Road nearly in half, as water washed away the road’s base. 

The damage occurred on June 16th, just north of the area where I-435 crosses Blue River Road. 

Due to the extent of the damage, the KCMO Public Works Department is advising motorists that Blue River Road, between Bannister Road and Chestnut Drive, will be closed for an extended period of time.

“This is a pretty severe road failure,” said Dennis Gagnon with the Public Works Department. “We’re in the process of evaluating how bad the slip is, and how far it goes into the bluff. Our main concern right now is a water line that runs right there...we don’t want to lose that line.” 

During the closure, access to local soccer fields immediately south of Bannister Road will be maintained, as the section of Blue River Road that lies between Bannister Road and the soccer fields will remain open to local traffic.

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