Crews work to clear the debris of the Phelps Road bridge over Interstate 70 in Independence. That bridge and the Crysler Avenue and Pittman Road bridges over I-70 were taken down overnight Friday, closing a long stretch of the busy freeway for about 38 hours. An eerie sight: I-70 free of traffic, as seen looking west from near Lee’s Summit Road. The Missouri Department of Transportation says the three replacement bridges are to be open by December. [Brian Davidson/Special to The Examiner]