Opening of I-70 ramp pushed back to July 17

It was supposed to be a four-week project.

Forget that. The Missouri Highway Department has again delayed opening the ramp from eastbound Interstate 70 to northbound Interstate 29/35 on the northeast corner of the downtown loop. The ramp now is scheduled to open by July 17.

Highway crews closed the ramp on April 3 and wanted to reopen it by May 22. Then they pushed the closure back to June 30.

The Highway Department blamed the delays on bad weather and added work that needed to be done to the three structures that make up the ramp linking the two interstates.

The approximately 12,000 drivers who use the ramp each day are being detoured counterclockwise around the loop so they can get to northbound I-29/35. The detoured route is posted.