Beginning Monday, the Missouri Department of Transportation will close U.S. 24 at the bridge over Delaware Street in Independence. MoDOT is replacing the bridge in front of the Truman Library, which is closed for renovations.

Motorists on U.S. 24 will be routed to the on- and off-ramps at the U.S. 24/Delaware intersection. Delaware Street will be closed beneath the bridge until the new one opens.

The bridge, which will include pedestrian walkways underneath and artwork on the retaining walls, should re-open in the spring of 2020, before the library renovation is finished. The total project cost is $2.7 million, and the city of Independence is funding $464,300 worth of bridge enhancements.

Motorists heading east on U.S. 24 who need to access Delaware Street/Bess Truman Parkway should turn right at River Boulevard and left at College Street and continue to Delaware or Truman Parkway.

Motorists heading west on U.S. 24 who need to access Delaware Street/Bess Truman Parkway should turn left at Liberty Street, right onto College, take the roundabout at Truman Parkway and if necessary turn left at College to get to Delaware.