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Hwy. 92 overpass reopened to traffic

by Shana Haines
Landmark reporter

Area commuters were relieved last week when Missouri Department of Transportation crews reopened the Hwy. 92 overpass over Hwy. 45 between Platte City and Leavenworth.

For about a week, MoDOT officials shut down the overpass for emergency repairs. Traffic was detoured south to the Hwy. 45 spur to reach the Hwy. 92 bridge over the Missouri River. Eastbound traffic was also detoured.

The overpass was shut down when a crack was found in a girder.

According to MoDOT Area Engineer Martin Liles, at approximately 10 a.m. last Wednesday crews began working on a replacement girder. Liles added that crews continued work on the repairs until 11 p.m. last Wednesday. By late Thursday afternoon, according to Liles, the bridge was reopened to traffic.

Liles also added Route 45 was closed under the overpass while the girder was moved into place. Traffic on Route 92 overpass was redueced to one lane and Hwy. 45 was closed during the girder's replacement. Flaggers controlled traffic on the overpass.

Liles said an inspection on the bridge was done while crews were repairing the girder. However, the bridge will be formally inspected in a year.

Crews found the bridge to have no other problems.

MoDOT announced recently it has begun to reinspect all state-maintained bridges over the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to look for any possible damage due to dramatic weather fluctuations over the past few weeks.