Stadium Drive overpass to close Friday

Traffic crosses the Stadium Drive bridge Thursday evening. MoDOT will close the bridge from 7 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday to finish a diverging diamond interchange.

Drivers accustomed to using the interchange at Stadium Drive and I-70 will need to find alternate routes this weekend as crews finish a diverging diamond interchange, a MoDOT enginner said Thursday evening.

Kirsten Munck, the assistant resident engineer at MoDOT's Columbia Project Office, told KRCG 13 traffic flowing on Stadium Drive will be diverted to frontage roads beginning at 7 p.m. Friday while construction crews put the finishing touches on the new interchange. The eastbound and westbound exit ramps on I-70 will still be open, but drivers will not be able to drive across the bridge, nor will they be able to get back on the highway from the exit.

Once the interchange opens at 6 a.m. Monday, Munck said drivers will cross over to the opposite side of the roadway when they cross the bridge and then cross back to the normal side of the road if they do not enter the highway. She said this will prevent them from crossing oncoming traffic lanes. MoDOT claims diverging diamond interchanges reduce rear-end and left-turn crashes.

Munck said this is the first diverging diamond for mid-Missouri and one of only a handful in the entire state.