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Road Closure Creates Confusion for Northland Drivers
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The Missouri Department of Transportation has shut down the northbound lanes of 169 Highway near the downtown airport. That's causing a lot of confusion for drivers heading to the Northland from downtown. You can circle around the airport, but most drivers wind up going back across the river to find another way into the Northland.

For the next two weeks the northbound lanes of the Broadway Extension will be closed from the Wheeler Downtown Airport to 9 Highway. MoDOT is repairing the wall that elevates the highway lanes next to the railroad tracks. MoDOT delayed the project because of flooding nearby on the Missouri River. Now that the water is receding, engineers say it's time to act.

"We'll be injecting some grout into the roadway to stabilize the wall and stabilize the soil that holds up the roadway," said Matt Killion.

MoDOT has posted a detour for people traveling further north than the downtown airport. Drivers can use I-35 and cross over the new Bond Bridge.

"I'm local so I know my way around," said motorist Bill Starks. "I was just sitting here looking, trying to figure out the maze of it. Haven't figured it out yet."

Drivers should get used to this closure. Killion says MoDOT will shut down the same section again in 2012 for three to four months to complete more extensive repairs.

Southbound lanes of 169 Highway are not affected.

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