Interstate 35 is back

Interstate 35 is open just in time for Christmas.

Massive downtown bridgework is completed and the highway is among the last to reopen.

The state spent more than $40 million to repair 18 bridges and ramps, disrupting traffic for months.

Now 35 is back in action, including the long closed and sorely missed on-ramp from Broadway to 35.

Decking, not replaced since the 1940s, was put on 35 and ramps were repaired.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said in a recent press release that “it was absolutely necessary to cut in half the available lanes to do $40 million worth of work in 40 weeks and finish in one season.”

So Merry Christmas.

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