A key part of Interstate 70 in downtown Kansas City – the leftward exit where the interstate angles from northward to westward – was set to be open again for rush hour Friday morning.

A key part of Interstate 70 in downtown Kansas City – the leftward exit where the interstate angles from northward to westward – was set to be open again for rush hour Friday morning.

That exit is at the northeast corner of the downtown loop. If, for example, you were coming into Kansas City from the east and followed I-70 as it turns north for a few blocks, it’s the exit you take to your left to stay on I-70 and resume heading west, past the River Market area. The exit rests on a bridge, and the Missouri Department of Transportation has had it closed since late April for deck repairs.

It was to be reopened at 7 p.m. Thursday, MoDOT says, with some lane closures overnight for the removal of detour signs, work that was to have been done before rush hour Friday morning.

That work is being wrapped up about a week earlier than originally expected. It’s one of several projects in and near downtown Kansas City that MoDOT is undertaking this year. Another project – the ramp from southbound Missouri 9 onto eastbound I-70, also in the northeast corner of the downtown loop – should be done in the next two weeks, MoDOT says.