Mission Hills reopens 63rd Street–sort of–as work continues on bridge over Brush Creek

Stone work continues on the 63rd Street bridge over Brush Creek in Mission Hills.
Stone work continues on the 63rd Street bridge over Brush Creek in Mission Hills.

After more than 10 months of work, Mission Hills has reopened 63rd Street to through traffic although bridge work will continue to cause challenges for drivers until Christmas.

The well-traveled route between Northeast Johnson County and Kansas City had been shut down since January to allow reconstruction of the bridge over Brush Creek near Indian Lane. Other infrastructure work was completed as well along 63rd Street including new sewers and paving.

The bridge reopened in mid-November, but beginning this week, it will be narrowed to one lane until its stone work is completed. In the meantime, Indian Lane, which had reopened for Thanksgiving, is now shut down until sometime in February.

Here’s the construction schedule according to the latest posting on the Mission Hills website:

–Beginning this week traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one lane for at least two weeks. The west bound lane of 63rd Street will be closed from 9 am – 3 pm weekdays to complete the installation of the stone cap on the north side of the bridge.

Once the stonework on the north side is complete, crews will move to the south side of the bridge and the east bound lane of 63rd Street will be closed while that stone cap is installed. We anticipate having all stonework along the roadway completed and the sidewalk open prior to Christmas.

–Indian Lane, north of 63rd Street, will remain closed until sometime in February. Dependent on the creek progress, Indian Lane may be open again from December 24th through January 2nd as the contractor hopes to not be working during the holiday week. If Indian Lane opens for the Christmas holiday, the road will reclose at 7:00 am on January 2nd.