Kansas City, Mo. – The new Missouri River bridge replacing the Paseo span will be close enough to completion to carry traffic by year's end.
MoDot will start shifting lanes of traffic from the Paseo to the Bond Bridge by fall. Highway officials say the Bond won't be finished until next year, but at least one northbound lane should be open by Christmas.
Most visible work now is installing cables hooking the highly visible pylon to the floor of the new bridge. The pylon stands more than 300 feet tall and supports the entire structure.
The Paseo Bridge will be razed next year, sometime after the Bond is completed. That work is still at least a year away. The Paseo was Kansas City's most heavily traveled, at around a hundred thousand cars and trucks a day.